Campus Visit FAQs
How long will my tour last?
Your visit will last about two to two and a half hours. The actual tour will last around one hour. You’ll get a comprehensive look at campus, including academic buildings, classrooms, residence halls, recreational facilities, and other areas of interest to you.
Ours is a walking tour. If you or one of your guests has difficulty walking and will need special accommodations (i.e., golf cart tour), please be sure to note that on the request form.
Who will be giving/leading my tour?
While classes are in session, campus tours are led by student ambassadors, current students with a variety of backgrounds and interests. They will show you around campus, tell you about their own Barton experiences, and answer questions about student life. When classes are not in session and student ambassadors are not available, an admissions counselor will lead your tour.
Can anyone come along on the tour with the student?
Absolutely! We encourage parents, siblings, or other family members to come along on the tour with the prospective student.
What happens once I schedule a tour? Will I receive a confirmation?
Once we have received your request to visit, the Office of Campus Visits will try to reach you either by phone or email to confirm your request. Your visit will not be scheduled until we have received either verbal or written confirmation from you. Please be sure to provide an accurate email address and daytime phone number.
Once confirmed, we will send you an email that will include directions, parking information, and a schedule for your visit.
Can we get a campus map and directions?
Your confirmation email will have web site links with driving directions and parking instructions. You can also click here for an online campus map.
What happens if I fill out the visit form the night before my requested visit?
We understand that schedules change and families need to take advantage of every free moment to visit colleges. However, with such late notice, we will not have time to confirm your visit prior to your arrival. We ask you to call the Office of Admissions (800-345-4973) the next morning to alert us that you will be visiting that day.
NOTE: We may not be able to arrange a professor visit; and, depending on the day and time, your tour may be led by an admissions counselor instead of a student ambassador.
What should I do if I am running more than 15 minutes early for my visit?
Tours run on a regular, planned schedule. Arriving too early will mean extra waiting time for you. You are welcome to come to the Admissions Office welcome center and wait until your start time, or you can explore campus on your own before your visit officially begins.
What if I am running late for my visit?
Tours run on a regular, planned schedule. Please call the Office of Admissions at 800-345-4973 and let one of our staff members know your approximate arrival time so we can make the necessary adjustments to your schedule.
What should I do if I need to cancel or reschedule my visit?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your visit, please call the Office of Admissions at 800-345-4973 so that we can make the appropriate changes to your visit.
What should I bring with me?
Bring questions! We want you to ask lots of questions while you are on campus. You’ll be talking with people who know the answers. Also, preparing questions beforehand will help you remember the important things you want to ask.
Student resumes or letters of recommendation are not necessary. However, if you have applied for admission and would like to bring your most recent transcript, we can accept it if it is a sealed, official copy.
Remember our tour is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes. Attire is casual, but please dress appropriately for the weather as you will be outside for a good portion of the tour. During the summer months, you may find a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to be particularly useful. While North Carolina winters can be mild, please be sure to dress warmly during the colder months. Also, remember to bring an umbrella or other rain attire if precipitation is in the forecast.
What if bad weather is in the forecast?
We give tours, rain or shine, unless the College is forced to close because of dangerous weather conditions. If this happens, all tours and appointments for the day are canceled. We will be happy to work with you to reschedule your visit.
Are there any special visit days or open houses at Barton College?
Yes, we host many events every year. We have several large-scale Open House events and a number of smaller-scale Experience Days to choose from. Both of these types of events are great opportunities students and their families to tour campus, visit with faculty and staff, and attend presentations covering admissions, financial aid, academics, and more. Visit our Open House section for dates and information about Open House and Experience Days events.
What type of event should I attend: an Open House or an Experience Day?
It depends on the family and the student. Open House events are on Saturdays and have more students in attendance. Experience Days are on Fridays and often host smaller groups. Some families come to both, some pick an event based on the date, and some prefer to come based on the size of the group. It’s completely up to you!
May I meet with an athletics coach when I come to campus?
If you wish to meet with a coach during your campus visit, please contact the coach directly to schedule an appointment. Contact information for our coaches is available here in the Athletics Directory. Please note that some coaches may be unavailable during the summer.