Overnight Visits

Single night stays in our residence halls are available for current high school juniors and seniors at no cost. We offer overnight stays on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and select Fridays on most weeks throughout the academic year. Please schedule your overnight visit at least two weeks in advance.

Register to Visit

A Personalized Schedule

We will tailor schedules for overnight visits according to each student’s interests. You can sit in on classes, hang out with current students, attend meals in the Dining Hall, and experience our active college community. Please take time in advance to think about the things you’d like to see or do while on campus. This will help you make the most of your visit. Overnight stays are usually very casual, and you should remember that you will be staying with a host student in a residence hall. If you would like to schedule an overnight visit, please contact our office at least two weeks in advance by calling 252-399-6317 or registering online.

Be sure to bring the following items:

  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag or twin sheet set and blankets
  • Change of clothes
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Towel, wash cloth, shower shoes (i.e., flip flops)
  • Petty cash (for snacks, bookstore items, etc.)
  • Emergency contact information and copy of insurance card

Please note that some times and dates will not be available due to student schedules and exams. Please confirm your reservation before making travel plans.

All visitors are required to complete the Overnight Visit and Waiver Authorization Form (pdf) before coming to campus. Please print and complete the form and send it back to our office at least five (5) business days before your visit by faxing it to 252-399-6573 or mailing it to the address on the right. Your reservation will not be confirmed until we receive your completed form.

If you schedule an overnight stay and find out that you cannot make it to campus, please contact the Office of Admissions at 252-399-6317 or at enroll@barton.edu to cancel or reschedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in an overnight visit?

  • Transfer students age 20 or younger
  • High school juniors
  • High school seniors depending on the semester of the visit:
    • For fall visits, the senior must have applied to Barton, and his or her application must not be under review.
    • For spring visits, the senior must have applied and been accepted for admission.

With whom will I be staying?

You will stay in a residence hall with one of our student ambassadors.  These students have private, single rooms containing two twin beds.

I would like to stay with a Barton student whose major matches my study interest. Can this be arranged?

We are unable to guarantee you will room with a student whose major is what you would like to study. However, we can guarantee you will meet many students and professors in your area of interest when you attend classes. In addition, we are happy to facilitate a meeting between you and a faculty member in your area of interest. Just let us know!

I would like to meet with a specific coach in the Department of Athletics. Is this possible?

Because of the coaches’ varied schedules and NCAA regulations, we ask students interested in playing Division II sports to contact the coach directly prior to your visit. If the coach is available during your visit, the Office of Admissions will let him or her know when you are free and will organize the meeting. You may find a complete listing of our coaches and their contact information at http://bartonbulldogs.com. The athletics site also provides prospective athletes with a recruitment form located under the “Recruits” tab.

I have a friend or sibling who is a student at Barton, and I would like to stay with him or her. Do I still need to register for an overnight visit if I want to go to class and eat in the Dining Hall?

Yes, only students who register for and confirm an overnight visit can take part in all of the activities the Admissions Office provides.

I have a food allergy. Is there food in the Dining Hall that I can eat?

Absolutely! Barton’s dining services feature a full-time chef who is knowledgeable about food allergies and appropriate menu choices. She helps our students find the best option for their individual needs. If you provide the Admissions Office with a list of your allergies, we will make sure the Dining Hall is prepared for your visit.

Is there a fee to stay on-campus?

No, it is free for prospective students. However, parents and family members will need to find accommodations at one of the many hotels located throughout Wilson.

What does a sample overnight visit schedule look like?

Each overnight visit schedule varies depending on each student’s request. If you have anything specific you’d like to do or see while you are on campus, please let us know. A sample schedule is listed below. Note: If you have visited campus before, your schedule will start on Day 1 at 5 p.m. Additionally, a Friday night visit would not include any Day 2 activities.

Day 1 (Tuesday or Thursday)

3:00 p.m. – Family arrives at Admissions Office and meets with admissions counselor

3:30 p.m. – Meeting with a professor of your intended major

4:00 p.m. – Tour of campus with a student ambassador

5:00 p.m. – Wrap-up with admissions counselor and meet your student host

5:15 p.m. – Take belongings to your host’s room

5:30 p.m. – Family departs

5:45 p.m. – Dinner in the Dining Hall

6:15 p.m. – Attend a campus event or hang out with your host and other student ambassadors

10:00 p.m. – Bed time (approximately)

Day 2 (Wednesday or Friday)

7:30 a.m. – Wake up and get ready for classes

8:30 a.m. – Eat breakfast in the Dining Hall

9:00 a.m. – Class No. 1

10:00 a.m. – Class No. 2

11:00 a.m. – Class No. 3

12:00 p.m. – Lunch in the Dining Hall

12:30 p.m. – Meet family at the Admissions Office

12:45 p.m. – Pick up belongings from host’s room and head home!