What Is the Best Way for Men to Dress for a College Interview and Visit?

We all know this saying. Never judge a book based on its cover. In regards of life, it is a good motto, but if we are talking about a formal event like the college interview or visit, students should dress appropriately.

The key is appropriately. The definition by Dictionary.com states:  suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person, occasion, etc.

We can all agree that students, in order to make the best impression, need to dress formally. By saying formally, I am referring these basic rules:

  • Students should realize that one is still a “student”, not a businessman. A student is representing himself, not a company or corporation. On the other hand students should not wear outfit similar to this.
  • Sweatpants, or very loose hoodie is too informal of an outfit. Especially hoodies or sweatpants that have a different logo of another college or university.

Here is my recommendation of three appropriate outfits that are based of formality and seriousness.

This the most formal outfit.

Outfit number 1.
Outfit number 1.

A sport jacket with not ripped jeans without a tie shows a seriousness of a student. Students do not have to wear necessarily a button up shirt because a sport jacket looks excellent just with a white or green t-shirt, like it is in the picture below.

Outfit number 1 in a different example.
Outfit number 1 in a different example.

Next outfit is simple, wear jeans with a shirt rolled up to the elbows. This outfit feels very elegant, simple, and free. If one wants be extra fashionable then student should match the color of shoes with the color of the belt.

Outfit number 2.
Outfit number 2.

Lastly, the least formal outfit, but still very sharp and appropriate for a college interview and visit is; pants not jeans with a polo shirt. Do not wear jeans because polo shirt is casual enough, so with a jeans it would be too “average” or too “causal”. Use formal pants (not dress up or suit type of paints) to match the color of polo t-shirt.

Outfit number 3.
Outfit number 3.

Things to avoid.

Do not wear sneakers. Shoes are very important with to an outfit and sneakers are too causal especially with sport coat or formal shirt. In Czech we have saying that based of the shoes you can tell the character of the person. For example, leather shoes are an excellent choice.

Do not wear extravagant accessories. It is normal to have watches or some kind of necklace, bracket, but remember that you are a student trying to impress a college.

Do not wear white Nike or Adidas workout socks. It is just painful to watch someone nicely dress up with a white Nike socks and it also looks awful.

Lastly, dress in colors and type of cloth that you feel comfortable, and which matches. Do not try to be someone else.

What to Expect From a Hope College Visit

Are you about to visit Hope College or do overnight stay? If yes, then this is what you should expect:

Beautiful Campus

There are couple things that Hope College really segregates from other colleges and campus is one of them. The campus at Hope College offers great possibilities for students. For example, this fall the new music hall named Jack H. Miller, which became the center for musical arts, was finished. Or the Art Museum called Kruizenga Art Museum is brand new. These two buildings are the newest ones, but places like DeVos Fieldhouse (Basketball/Volleyball), Martha Miller Center (International Center), Van Wylen Library or the Science Center are buildings, which are also very new buildings. Besides that, the dormitory rooms are clean, not damage, and basically everything on campus is a walking distance.

Kruizenga Art Museum
Kruizenga Art Museum

Friendly and welcoming people

The students, staff, professors or maintenance are truly friendly and welcoming. It is not part of the game or a “theater” to make a great impression on you. People at Hope behave like that everyday.

Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

Very approachable professors

If you see a professor that you share an interest with then do not hesitate to speak with him/her. Of course, speak with him/her as one is professor not a friend or family relative, but go definitely talk with them about your major, where you come from, where do you go to school, what is are you planning to do after Hope or what are major requirements.

An excellent location

Lastly, the location of the campus itself is brilliant. The campus is one block away from the downtown of Holland, where is basically everything that students need for their life at Hope. It is 40 minutes from Grand Rapids airport and roughly 2.5 hours from Chicago and Detroit. Also, the train station, is about 5 minutes walk from campus, which is highly convenient.