As you’re considering your college choice, you’re probably receiving tons of brochures in the mail with pictures of students in classrooms, the dining hall, the sports arena and other places on campus.

But those brochures don’t compare to seeing the campus community in action. It’s important to get a real-time view of what life might look like as a student in your new college home. It increases the likelihood that you’re choosing a school that is the right fit for you.

You’ll want to go into this well-prepared. That way, you can make the most of your time. Here are three questions you might want to ask your campus tour guide when you visit:

How will I find a roommate?

The vast majority of college students who live on campus spend their first year living with someone they didn’t know previously. At some colleges and universities, roommate pairings are formed randomly — you’re simply given a room number and told, “This is where you’ll be living for the next year.” At Alma College, we’re a bit more intentional about picking your living partner. You’ll fill out a questionnaire to determine the best roommate choice for you and have opportunities to contact a potential roommate before you move in.

What will my day-to-day routine look like?

One of the perks of going to college is the opportunity to make your own schedule. This isn’t like high school, when you had a rigid structure of time to follow. While you’re here, you’ll be able to pursue extracurricular activities along with a wide range of academic courses that take place all throughout the week — and it’ll be up to you to manage your time. Alma College offers supports for students who have less experience doing this; our First-Year Seminar courses include a time management component that can be very helpful.

What will I eat?

Your campus visit will no doubt include a trip to the school’s dining hall, where you’ll probably eat most of your meals. Take a good look at what’s on the menu that day! We’re a little biased, but at Alma College, we think that our campus dining services does a great job of helping students with dietary restrictions or special needs find delicious food for them. We have Qdoba and Starbucks restaurants on campus and a late-night diner, Mac’s Grill, that’s available when study sessions go late into the night.

At Alma College, students who take campus tours receive a $2,000 scholarship upon admission. Let us show you a little Scottish hospitality! Schedule a campus visit today.