I was recently asked "Is a campus visit required for admission?", followed up by "is it going to be viewed negatively if I don't visit?" The official party line - most admissions committees will tell you that a campus visit is not going to be considered when making admission decisions. However, most MBA applications will ask you if you have talked to anyone from the program. Some program apps - such as Columbia - will get a bit more granular and only ask what current students have you spoken to?"
So what is the deal with school visits and do you have to do them?