Group Visits

The Office of Admissions is excited to host your group on campus, and we look forward to acquainting you with Barton College! Because of the large number of group-visit requests we receive, appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Please use the Group Visit Registration Form to request a visit at least four weeks in advance of your proposed date.

We do not schedule group visits on Mondays, and we do not schedule more than two group visits per week. Additionally, the Office of Admissions has a large number of events on Fridays, so there are only a few Fridays available during the year. Spring is our heavy group visit season, so you will find more dates are available for the fall.

Also, if your visit is cancelled because of scheduling issues on your end or because of inclement weather, there are no guarantees we can reschedule your visit. We will do our best to reschedule your visit, but it will depend our calendar availability.

Please submit the Group Visit Registration form to see if we can accommodate your request. Our Assistant Director of Campus Visits will confirm your reservation via telephone or email.

Once your group visit has been confirmed, we will provide you with the arrival/departure times and parking/arrival locations for your visit. Convenient driving directions and a downloadable campus map are available here. Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive your visit confirmation from the Office of Admissions.

Register for Group Visit

Group Visit Options

Before requesting a group visit, please review these options to see what Barton can offer your group:

For Grades 9-12

  • An overview of Barton College and our admission process with an admissions counselor (20 minutes)
  • Student panel with current Barton students (30 minutes)
  • Presentation on financial aid options (20 minutes)
  • Campus tour with our student ambassadors (60 minutes)
  • Lunch in the Dining Hall (45 minutes; must be approved in advance by the Assistant Director of Campus Visits)

For Grades 8 and Under

  • An overview of Barton College and our admission process with an admissions counselor (20 minutes)
  • Student panel with current Barton students (30 minutes)
  • Campus tour with our student ambassadors (60 minutes)
  • Lunch in the Dining Hall (45 minutes; must be approved in advance by the Assistant Director of Campus Visits)

For Any Group of 50 Guests or More (all ages)

  • An overview of Barton College and our admission process with an admissions counselor (20 minutes)
  • Self-guided scavenger hunt (45 minutes)
  • Bag lunches on the Campus Green or lunch in the Dining Hall (45 minutes; must be approved in advance by the Assistant Director of Campus Visits)


 

Sample Schedule *

  • 10:00 a.m. – Arrive on Campus
  • 10:10 a.m. – Admissions Counselor Presentation
  • 10:30 a.m. – Q&A with Student Ambassadors
  • 11:00 a.m. – Financial Aid Presentation
  • 11:20 a.m. – Campus Tour
  • 12:20 p.m. – Lunch in the Hamlin Dining Hall
  • 1:00 p.m. – Admissions Counselor Wrap-Up
  • 1:15 p.m. – Depart from Campus

* Schedule is for a typical group of less than 50 high school students. Arrival and departure are flexible based on your group’s needs.

Group Size

At Barton, we are very proud of the individual attention we provide to our students. This individual attention also carries over to our visitors. When we have groups visit our campus, we prefer that our tour groups be around 10 students (plus a chaperone). Since we are a small campus, groups over 50 students are too many for us to provide individual group tours, and we are not able to accommodate groups over 100 students.

Instead of individual tours, groups of 50-100 guests will take part in a self-guided scavenger hunt of campus. The scavenger hunt takes students in a loop and hits all of the highlights around campus. Previous groups, ranging from 4th graders to 12th graders, have taken part and given the scavenger hunt rave reviews! The Office of Admissions will provide campus maps and instructions prior to the start of the activity.

Group Visit Preparation

Your group will be doing a lot of walking on campus. Group visits are approximately two- to four-hours long depending on the size and requests of the group. Please encourage everyone in your group to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and remember to check our local weather a few days prior to your visit to see if you’ll need an umbrella or jacket.

The Office of Admissions has developed a short list of questions that you may use to get your group in the right mindset for its visit to Barton.  We encourage you to review the questions with your group prior to your arrival and to discuss the follow-up questions after your visit.

Meals

For groups partaking of the buffet lunch in the Dining Hall, the reduced rate is $6.00 per person (tax included). Please confirm your lunch plans with our Assistant Director of Campus Visits. ARAMARK Food Services, our dining service provider, recommends that groups pay with a single check or with cash. Please make checks payable to “ARAMARK.”

If your group prefers a picnic lunch, our Campus Green makes a wonderful picnic area. ARAMARK can provide bag lunches (sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie, and drink) for a cost of $5.00 per person (tax included). You are also welcome to bring your own bag lunches or visit one of Wilson’s many restaurants.

Conduct

We ask your group to respect Barton College’s students, faculty, staff, and grounds. Failure to do so may result in an early conclusion to the visit and may necessitate a review of your group’s future visit requests. Listed here are our expectations of conduct for visiting groups:

  • Students should speak in an appropriate tone for a business environment while on campus.
  • For presentations and tours, electronic devices should be silenced or deactivated.
  • During campus tours, please give your full attention and respect to our student ambassadors and admissions counselors.
  • Groups should stay together. Wandering off is not permitted.
  • Each group should provide at least one chaperone for every 8-12 students.
  • Chaperones are expected to assist with compliance to these rules.

Remember that, if a visiting student group is unruly or disrespectful, the tour may be suspended at anytime at the discretion of the tour guide.