From the much larger campus to the experience of living in a dorm, college life is a strange and mysterious thing for high school students.
Ardmore High School eliminated some of the anxiousness by taking 26 juniors to visit the University of Oklahoma campus Tuesday.
"Classroom experiences are important, but so are real life experiences," said Teacher Patty Lee, one of the trip chaperones.
The trip was paid for through the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program grant.
To go on the trip, students had to have already taken the ACT and had to fill out the OU application for admission, including the essay.
"It was a great day," Lee said. "They got to see what it's really like. College isn't like the movies."
Students visited the library, classrooms, cafeteria and dorm rooms.
"They imagine OU as huge and scary, but everywhere we went there was someone from Ardmore," Lee said.
Even students who were previously committed to attending OU were reassured in their decision by the visit.
Akairie Petties plans to study oncology nursing at OU.
"It's where my family likes and where my cousins went. It's tradition," Petties said.
Being able to see the campus now confirmed her love of the school, even though she has visited as a freshman and been to the University of North Texas and Oklahoma State University.
"OU was beautiful. I liked the architecture. It's not like other campuses," Petties said. "I also like the atmosphere. It's a very family atmosphere."