Here's a question: Let's say the best scenario happens and I get into, oh, three
programs. Or even just two. How common is it for admitted students to visit a
program after being accepted? I'm in MN, so something like U of MN would be
really easy to visit, but I'm a little worried about the cost of visiting
someplace like UMass. I already spent a fortune on apps., but I wonder about
going to a school without seeing it. This is speculative, of course (I still
haven't heard a peep from any of my schools . . . I'll start chewing on the
walls soon) but I'd be interested to know what other people's opinions are on
the value/importance of campus visits
My response would be, yes, if at all possible, visit the program. I did this last year and, without a doubt, it affected my decision(s). Sure, there were plenty of other factors at stake that could be determined on paper (funding, cost of living, reputation), but seeing a place and meeting people in person really helped me know if I would fit into the program. (My answer was complicated.) So, I say, never understimate the power of your gut instincts.
But some of you would disagree. Discuss!