So I’m an upcoming sophomore from the northeast—the reason I’m doing some college visits so early is because one of my parents lives in Pittsburgh but may be moving out soon, so we want to take the luxury of being able to drive a reasonable amount to Midwestern colleges.
Anyways, I’ll likely depart this weekend and spend 3-4 days, but the dates are flexible, as I don’t have anything going on. I’m really not knowledgeable in how college visits work. As for colleges, I’m looking for strong CS departments (as an Asian—totally not stereotypical lmao). I don’t know why I haven’t visited CMU yet—that thought just occurred to me. So far, I’m thinking of Purdue, UIUC, U of Mich, and U Wisconsin. There’s also U Chicago and Northwestern, as well as Wash U St. Louis (closer to UIUC than UWisc), but I’m not sure if I’ll be applying to private elites. But the campuses do look pretty, and this may be my only chance to ever see them (side question—how do colleges know you’ve visited??) Any advice would be appreciated, as to how I should schedule these visits, and how exactly I should go about with my route (some of them are quite far away despite being in the Midwest). The one non-negotiable school to attend is UIUC, which is pretty much my dream school. Everything else is flexible.