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Which Campus Signs Do You Need for Your School?

School campuses welcome large numbers of students, faculty, and visitors each and every day. Campuses of all shapes and sizes can be hard to navigate, particularly for first-time visitors. That’s why it’s so important to provide the resources necessary to help members of your community find their way around campus with ease.

High-quality interior and exterior signage can help to make your campus more visible and accessible to newcomers and regular visitors alike. You don’t want people to feel lost walking around your campus!

Let’s explore some of the education sign styles that can best support your visitors. We’ll also unpack some of the ways effective campus signs can help you create a better first impression.

Why Do I Need Campus Signs?

Many school campuses consist of multiple buildings and cover a significant amount of ground. In the interest of safety and security, it’s important that visitors are able to find the correct building, classroom, or other campus location with ease.

School campuses must cut back on the potential for visitors to lose their way or wander into the wrong place in order to better ensure the safety of their students and staff. That’s why clear, effective interior and exterior signage designs are such an important part of a school’s infrastructure. 

What Kinds of Campus Signs Do I Need?

School campuses can effectively implement a number of different signage styles. Take a look at some of the basic signage options that school officials can consider.

Exterior Signs

Often, your campus makes a first impression long before a visitor even crosses the threshold. Whether someone is driving past or walking by on foot, they need to be able to identify your campus without actually walking in the front door. That’s where exterior signage comes in. 

These signs can effectively communicate the name of your campus and other important information like operating hours, closures, and more. Here are some exterior signage styles that are commonly used by academic institutions.

Pylon Signs

Pylon signs are designed to be viewed from a great distance, as they feature a large format design mounted on a tall pylon or pole.

If your campus is located off a busy highway, a pylon sign can be a great way to improve your school’s visibility and direct drivers to the right exit.

Some pylon signs also feature message boards that can be used to share up-to-date information with students and other visitors to campus.

Monument Signs

Monument signs are similar to pylon signs, but they are not mounted at the same substantial heights. These signs are notoriously sturdy and can be crafted from a wide range of materials like stone for a sophisticated appearance.

A monument sign at the entrance of your campus can help visitors know they’re at the right place. No more feelings of being lost!

Post and Panel Signs

Post and panel signs are often used to direct visitors to the correct building within a larger campus. These signs may list several different locations and feature arrows that point passersby toward the building they are looking for.

Take a look at our gallery to see the post and panel signs we crafted for Rice University in Houston.

Digital Displays

More and more learning institutions are embracing digital forms of signage such as LED signs due to their customizability.

Schools often need to share changing information with the members of their community, and programmable digital displays make it easy to change out messaging on a regular basis.

Digital displays can also be implemented in stadiums and other athletic facilities for scoreboards, scrolling message boards, and more.

Interior Signs

The need for signage continues once a visitor makes his or her way inside. Interior campus wayfinding signage is critical for directing foot traffic between and within campus buildings. It’s important to ensure that these signs are easy-to-read and readily visible to the average campus visitor. 

Some campus locations that benefit significantly from effective signage include: 

  • Restrooms 
  • Elevators 
  • Performing arts facilities 
  • Campus health centers 
  • Athletic complexes 
  • Visitor centers 

Providing interior signage can cut back on confusion, reduce foot traffic and safeguard against potential safety risks by clearly directing visitors to their desired locations.

Teachers and students often find themselves visiting new classrooms and buildings from semester to semester, so even individuals who regularly attend your campus stand to benefit from clearly posted interior campus signage.

Consider Campus Signage Solutions from National Signs

National Signs is one of the leading providers of interior and exterior signage solutions in the country. Each step of the signage process is completed in-house, so we can provide our clients with end-to-end support throughout their signage journey.

We handle the design, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of each client’s signs. We even feature an in-house project management team to ensure that our signage products comply with all local ordinances in your area.

Whether your campus is growing or you just need to give your school’s signage a makeover, the National Signs team is here to help.

We offer a 5-year warranty on all parts, labor, and products, so you can rest assured that your campus signs will continue to support your community for years to come.

Reach out today to learn more about partnering with National Signs for your signage needs. You can also take a look at our gallery to view some of our most recent campus signage projects.