Visiting the program you’ll be attending makes a great deal of sense for many reasons. You’ll want to make sure that the department you’ll be working in–and the colleagues and professors you’ll be working with–are a good “fit” for you. Additionally, it’s important to get a sense of the town or city you’ll be moving to–as you’ll be making it your home for the next several years. Of course, for many students, a visit is just not possible–for many reasons, financial or otherwise. In that case, I think it’s especially critical to be in touch with members of the department–and to ask those essential questions before deciding to enroll. As I have mentioned in some of my other posts, taking responsibility for your choices in graduate school is a key factor for timely progress towards your degree. Regardless of whether or not you are able to visit your prospective program, make sure to ask lots of questions. It’s in everyone’s best interest that you make the right call when choosing where to study.