Let's talk about college visits this summer. If you are a high school junior or a rising senior, you may be planning to see a few campuses to see what those schools you're targeting are really like. I discuss summer college visits every year, and one of the aspects of summer campus visits to keep in mind is that for many colleges, especially small liberal arts schools, things are pretty quiet because the students are gone.
The situation at big state universities is a bit different, however. Summer sessions at large schools can appear highly active, almost “normal," because of various graduate activities, special programs, etc. Granted, the best time to visit any college is when all the students are there, but a summer visit can give you a solid “gut feel" for the physical plant, surrounding town(s) and local geography.