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College Search Tips

The only way to truly see if a school is the right fit for you is to get out there and get a taste of college life! Attending a college fair in your area is a good first step--you can talk to representatives from any schools that interest you or just pick up some information to take home and read. Then, make your first college visit! We love visitors at IU and are open all year. Come see us and experience the best of what IU has to offer.  

Everything You Need to Know about a College Fair

  • See if there are any college fairs scheduled in your area. IU lists upcoming college fairs that we will be attending on our On the Road page. You can also check with your high school counselor and look for advertisements in the newspaper.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open when you attend a fair. Even if you don't have any specific questions yet, listen to what other students may be asking.
  • Have a plan. If there are some schools that interest you, make sure you visit their tables first. Then, just browse and walk by all the tables, picking up information that looks interesting. At small college fairs, tables are often arranged alphabetically. At large fairs, there may be a map with the locations of different schools.
  • Be prepared with questions. If you have already started your research, bring a list of questions. However, remember that you can find the answers to many basic questions online, such as whether a school has your major or what the cost of attendance may be.
  • Pick up materials. The fair may be busy so you probably won't be able to stand at a table and read a brochure. If any brochure looks interesting, pick it up and take it home to read, so you can take your time.
  • Get on the contact list. If you want more information from IU, get on our contact list or sign up for a personalized Be IU page.
  • Be prepared for noise and chaos. Some college fairs attract hundreds or even thousands of people!

The Top Ten Tips to Make Your Visit a Success

  • Schedule a tour through the Office of Admissions. You'll learn much more by touring with a guide.
  • Plan ahead and make a reservation. IU’s information sessions and tours may fill up weeks or even months ahead of the actual visit dates.
  • Prior to making your visit, make a list of the most important qualities that you want in your university.Assembly Hall
  • Check the academic calendar to see if classes are in session (if you want to see a typical day at IU).
  • Have a list of questions prepared. Do some research on the web prior to your trip so you already know the basics.
  • Take a look at and print the campus map to help orient yourself. IU's campus is very walkable.
  • Check the weather and dress appropriately. Wear comfortable walking shoes and remember that we have all four seasons in B-town!
  • Experience campus life by attending an athletic event, musical performance, or event at the IU Auditorium. Again, get your tickets in advance!
  • Attend an afternoon academic information session to learn more about your potential major.
  • See B-town too! One of the best parts of IU is Bloomington—the quintessential college town.

Ready for lunch or dinner?

Have time to grab a bite to eat? B-town offers everything from fine dining to a plethora of ethnic restaurants to the informal local favorites. If you’re open to something new, try one of our staff member’s recommendations!

Downtown B-town
  • BuffaLouies at the Gables - Sweet Lou Burger and fries with cheese (Ross Gaddy, Asst. Director)
  • The Owlery (vegan and vegetarian) - Tempeh rueben (Chase McCoy, Sr. Asst. Director)
  • Esan Thai - Pad Thai (Bandi Miller, Sr. Asst. Director)
  • FARMbloomington - Bison burger and fries (Marni Bassichis, Asst. Director)
  • Gates at Night
  • Noodles - Wisconsin mac n’ cheese with Parmesan crusted chicken (Terry Knaus, Sr. Assoc. Director)
  • Village Deli - Peanut butter chip and banana pancakes (Danielle Mendelson, Asst. Director)
  • Which Wich - Turkey with coleslaw, 1,000 Island, and Swiss (Kris Timney, Sr. Assoc. Director)
North Side of Campus
  • Lennie’s - Turkey bacon melt (Larry Gonzalez, Assoc. Director)
South Side of Campus
  • Mother Bear’s - The Devine Swine Pizza - (Stephanie Stephenson, Assoc. Director)
East Side of Town (near the College Mall)
  • DeAngelo's - Calzone or spaghetti and meatballs (Ann Lawson Smith, Asst. Director)