Day and overnight visits are available every week in the semester, during which classes are in session. Go to the Visit Request Form page to view available dates.
Spend Some Time in the Shenandoah Valley
Visiting a college is the perfect way to determine if it fits your needs. There are so many aspects to consider when looking at various colleges, it can be daunting. But visiting a campus, sitting in on classes, meeting other students, and experiencing the actual life of the college can be a real game changer. When students and their families visit Christendom, they leave deeply impressed with the joyful nature of the student body, the personalized education given by the impressive faculty, and the breathtaking beauty of the college’s rural campus.
After seeing the college community in action, visitors can more easily imagine themselves participating in Christendom’s time-tested, Catholic liberal arts educational program, immersed in a vibrant Catholic community. Students are invited to visit the campus in many different ways:
- A Day Visit: This includes a personalized campus tour and your own student ambassador; a meeting with the Admissions Director; and attending a class, going to 11:30 am Mass, and eating lunch with the community. (See Day Visit Policies Below)
- An Overnight Visit: This includes a personalized campus tour and your own student ambassador; the opportunity to stay in a residence hall overnight; a meeting with the Admissions Director; and attending multiple classes, going to Mass, and eating all meals with the community. Overnight visits are available from Sunday evening through Thursday evening during the academic year. (See Overnight Visit Policies Below)
- An Open House event: This is a great way for parents and prospective students to receive an overview of Christendom through many informative presentations, a campus tour, and sitting in on a class. Saturday Open Houses are on February 26, 2022 and April 30, 2022.
- Homeschool Visit Day: Similar in format to an Open House, this event is geared toward homeschooling students and families. Learn why homeschoolers thrive at Christendom (and make up 60% of our student body) by touring campus, attending a class, and hearing informative and relevant presentations. This year’s event took place on Saturday, October 9, 2021, with special guest speaker Patrick Reilly, President of the Cardinal Newman Society.
- A Virtual Visit: If you can’t make it to campus, make a virtual visit! You can watch an in-depth tour of campus and review videos of campus life and activities for further information along with a recording of a past Virtual Open House event. Click here to go to the Virtual Visit Page!
- The “Best Week Ever” Summer Program: Students who are rising high school seniors spend a week on our campus, taking classes, enjoying the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley, meeting others from around the country, taking part in many fun social and enriching spiritual activities, and experiencing the life of a Christendom student. Click here to learn more.
To Make a Visit:
- Find a time that fits your schedule.
- Fill in the Visit Request Form, at least two weeks prior to your planned visit date (if staying overnight) or at least one week prior if making a day visit, making sure that you take note of the black-out dates.
- Once requested dates are confirmed, fill out required visit forms to finish scheduling your visit.
- Wait for Visit Coordinator, Basia Syski, to officially confirm your visit!
- Make travel arrangements that conform to our schedule (above).
- Count down the days until your arrival!
Day Visit Policies
To make a one-day visit, without an overnight stay, please contact the College at least one week beforehand. Parents and family members are welcome to dine in the College cafeteria during their visit. Lodging is available in Front Royal. Please fill in the Visit Request Form to set up a visit. The Admissions Office is open on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (for Mass and lunch). Please note that day visits are not available on the weekend.
If you would like to schedule a day visit during the summer, please contact Basia Syski in the Admissions Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-551-9187.
Overnight Visit Policies
All prospective students are limited to two (2) official overnight Admissions-sponsored visits to campus. To be classified as an official Admissions-sponsored visit (which includes transportation to/from airport, meal tickets, and bedding), students must sit in on classes and meet with the Admissions Director, among other things. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.
If someone has friends/relatives on campus and would like to visit them/stay with them, these types of visits are made through the current student, and not through the Admissions Office.
PLEASE NOTE: The College requests a minimum of a two-week advance notice for any overnight visits. We do not offer Overnight Visits on Friday or Saturday nights. Further, the College requires that you read, complete, and sign its Overnight Visit Policy Form. You will not be allowed to stay overnight without this form.
Students who are traveling to Christendom by car should bring sleeping bags or sheets and blankets, as well as towels and pillows, etc.
For those who are traveling by plane, they may stay two nights and towels, sheets, blankets, and pillows will be provided, and the College will provide complimentary transportation to and from the airport. Students who wish to be picked up at either Dulles Airport (IAD) or the Vienna Metro Station will be picked up between 12:00pm-9:00pm M-Th and 8:00am-9:00pm on Sunday and returned between 12:00pm and 9:00pm M-F. You must make travel arrangements that conform to this schedule or we cannot guarantee transportation for you.
The student ambassadors may have obligations including classes, studying, meetings, sporting events, or even work-study obligations, and therefore, visiting students may be spending time doing quiet work, or getting to know other students. Visitors are asked to have a flexible attitude! Please note that only High School Juniors, Seniors, and Transfers, 16 years or older, may make an overnight visit and stay in our residence halls. All others may make a day visit or stay in local hotels.
For many prospective students, spending the night on a college campus can be daunting and intimidating. Yet, visiting different colleges and touring campuses is one of the most important ways to determine which school is the right fit. Christendom has a unique Student Ambassador program in place to ensure that the visit process is easy and low-stress for our prospective students, and that all our visitors are extended gracious hospitality as they seek to experience a day in the life of a Christendom student.
Visitors are paired with a student ambassador who serves as the visitor’s host during the stay. Visitors will then shadow their student ambassador and observe an average day at Christendom by attending class, going to 11:30 Mass, having lunch in the St. Lawrence Commons with all the students and faculty present, participating in extracurricular activities, and spending the night in a residence hall. All of these opportunities give visitors the chance to get to know Christendom and its faculty and students on a personal basis.
Each ambassador is chosen for their friendly demeanor and welcoming personality to ensure that every visitor enjoys themselves and leaves with a greater understanding of Christendom’s distinctive Catholic liberal arts education and vibrant campus culture. You can see all of this year’s student ambassadors in the photo above — meet them all for yourselves by scheduling a visit at Christendom today!