Most high school students visit colleges for tours and information sessions before they begin the dreaded application process. Before traveling to visit the many schools that interest you, check out the following tips so you can visit your schools efficiently and make a positive environmental impact. Who knows, maybe your energy efficient behavior can help you during a college interview!


  1. Seek alternative transportation. Depending on how far the university is from your hometown and the type of vehicle you drive, traveling using alternative transportation such as airplanes, trains or busses may be more environmentally friendly. Recent studies suggest that flying is more efficient than driving, however, this may not be the case if you’re traveling a short distance. Map out how far the university is from your home and use the fly or drive calculator to discover which option is the greenest and cheapest.
  2. Plan strategically. Don’t just uproot and travel to visit universities on a random weekend. Plan ahead of time and visit colleges when students are on campus and classes are in session so you can truly get the “college” feel. Spring is a great time to visit schools. Not only is the weather great but students aren’t facing final exams yet. This will give you the opportunity to stop a student and ask questions you may be curious about. Plus, traveling in the spring means you can pack light. Traveling with extra baggage in your vehicle can decrease your fuel efficiency, so plan a weekend when the flowers bloom to visit some schools.
  3. Visit multiple schools in one road trip. If you decide to drive, plan to visit multiple schools in one road trip. After road tripping for hours, it’s to your advantage to make the most of your trip and check out all the schools within the school’s vicinity, even if you’re unsure what the school offers. You might be surprised to discover and fall in love with underrated university!
  4. Travel with multiple people. Getting stuck in traffic is more than a mood killer. It’s a waste of fuel and energy. To prevent getting caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic, invite your family or friends to tag along with you. This will allow you to drive in the HOV lane, which can help you arrive at your destination in a timely manner.
  5. Use university transportation. Take the university’s campus shuttles to get around campus or walk. By using campus busses, you may meet students and get an inside scoop, and by walking, you’ll become familiar with the campus grounds. Not to mention you’ll be saving mileage, fuel and reducing your carbon footprint.
  6. Eat on campus. Instead of hopping in your car after your tour and information session to grab some food, stay and eat on campus. Most colleges have several options for food. Eating on campus will give you more insight to the student body and social atmosphere, plus there’s no need to drive around the college town aimlessly looking for a place to eat.