Congrats! You are embarking on one of the best parts of the college admissions process: college visits. Chartered in 1856, Auburn University is located in Auburn, Alabama, and has developed rapidly, undergoing many different changes. As you try to find the right fit academically and socially, we compiled some tips and tricks to make the most of your visit. Check out our Collegiate Hotel College Visit checklist and insider CoHo tips:
- Talk to the Experts — Take advantage of Auburn University’s Admission Office tours and hear the first-hand scoop from current students. They will candidly share things they love about Auburn and lessons they’ve learned. Come prepared with questions to ask.
CoHo Tip: Take the extra time to go on student housing and recreation center tours. Seeing an actual dorm room is helpful and the Rec Center will knock your socks off!
- Dress Comfortably — Auburn is a walking campus, so dress comfortably and accordingly to the unpredictable Alabama weather. If you’re visiting anytime in May through October, it can get hot, so check the weather and pack extra water.
CoHo Tip: If you’re staying at The Collegiate Hotel, you are only steps away from the University’s admissions office and downtown. We also offer guests complimentary golf cart shuttle rides to campus and around town.
- Venture Out on Your Own — Although the official University tours are insightful, consider taking an unofficial tour by wandering around campus on your own. Check out Auburn’s numerous on-campus restaurants and dining halls. Prospective students will not be shunned for eating with your parents– plus they are buying, so enjoy the free food and company!
CoHo Tip: Check out the varying hours for The Edge Dining Hall near the football stadium. It’s an all-you-can-eat healthy dining hall open to the public. A bit pricey but worth it!
- Visit downtown Auburn — Stock up on Auburn gear, shop the latest styles, and then satisfy your sweet tooth with popcorn, donuts or Toomer’s lemonade.
- Do all the things that make Auburn, Auburn! — Auburn people love Auburn. We wear the school colors and logos religiously and avoid red at all costs. Immerse yourself in fun Auburn traditions: get lemonade at Toomer’s Drugs, greet people with a warm War Eagle, eat at Niffer’s, and roll Toomer’s corner if you’re in town for an athletic victory! There is no better way to “try-on” Auburn than by embracing the Auburn spirit.
Auburn University College Tour Tips — Virtual, In-person or BOTH!
According to a recent American Freshman Survey, 52% of students indicated a campus visit was a “very important” factor in choosing their school. Here are 5 tips for how prospective students can get the most out of an Auburn University college tour:
- Take Auburn University’s Virtual Campus Tour — Auburn University’s Admissions Office has done an amazing job creating a virtual walk-through of campus. Click on this Auburn University Virtual Tour link for a simple campus map and for dozens of videos that showcase academic colleges, student resources, residence halls, administrative offices and points of interest. The HD Panoramic views allow you to step through your screen into a virtual walk of the loveliest village on the plains.
- Follow Auburn University’s Official Social Media Accounts — Stay engaged and up-to-date on all things Auburn University by following the official AU Instagram and Facebook pages. While @Auburnu is a good place to start, don’t stop there! From Auburn Basketball to AUinvolve and even the Auburn Bee Lab, almost every academic department, club or sports program has individual pages to show what campus life is really like!
- Download the Auburn App —By downloading the “Auburn App” found in the App Store on your smart device, you can find Auburn University’s academic + events calendars, a full-campus map and dining information. Auburn University also offers additional applications that cater to game day, parking services, transit systems, etc.
- Travel to Auburn, Alabama and take a self-guided tour of campus — Experience all that Auburn University and the community has to offer by visiting in-person. With open spaces, it is easy to social distance downtown and on campus. The Collegiate Hotel is located in downtown Auburn across the street from Auburn’s campus and offers discounted weekday rates and detailed campus maps to customize your walking tour of Auburn University. After your tour, shop the stores and restaurants downtown and finish your evening on the Collegiate Hotel’s own rooftop with amazing views of Samford Hall.
- Book a stay at The Collegiate for a FREE golf cart tour to get an informal student perspective of Auburn Life — Be our guest and book a room at the Collegiate Hotel and enjoy a free golf cart tour of downtown and campus. Our knowledgeable student guides can personalize a 45-minute ride to on and off-campus locations of your interests. Call us at 334-821-2646 to book today