52 Questions to Ask to Make College Visits Worth Your Time
Visiting colleges is a very important part of the college admission process. Here are some tips to help you maximize this experience.
Plan ahead. Junior year of high school through fall of senior year are the optimum times to visit schools. In order to get the most benefit, go when school is in session. The best days of the week are usually Monday through Thursday. Try not to visit on weekends or during exam weeks. Remember the main reason to visit is to see if this school is a good fit for you.
At least two weeks before your visit, register online for a campus tour. Do your research about the school before you visit. Try to gain some knowledge about the academic rigor, admission selectivity, majors offered, social activities, location, and cost. Take a virtual tour of the campus. Most schools have a virtual tour on their website. Use the internet and printed materials to become familiar with the school. Create a list of questions to ask. List the things that you want to see when on the campus.
Depending on how serious you are about attending a particular college you may want to make arrangements for any of the following additional events:
Interview with an admissions officer; sit in on a class; talk to a professor; talk to a coach; connect with a student who attended your high school or lives in your area, or is majoring in what you are interested in pursuing; meet with a financial aid officer; arrange for an overnight visit where you would stay in campus housing.
The above items are also things that you may want to delay and schedule on a second campus visit when you are more certain of your desire to attend this college.
When you go to the school for your visit, be certain to allow adequate time to park and get to the admissions office. Most tours will start with an information session in the Admissions Office with an admissions representative. You will be asked to fill out a contact card. This will help to demonstrate your interest in a school by verifying that you spent the time to visit. Demonstrated interest is important in college admissions.
A typical campus tour should include a visit to a classroom, dorm room, library, student center, athletic facilities. While touring, look around at the campus surroundings. Gather information from bulletin boards. Look at posters and other items posted around the campus to get a sense of the campus climate—liberal or conservative, political or not; activities and events that are offered on campus. During your time on campus take notes and a few photos to jog your memory at a later date. Pick up a copy of a campus newspaper to read when you have the time. Observe the students on campus. Do you think you would fit in with them?
Have a list of questions to ask your student guide and/or the admissions representative. Pick up brochures, financial aid forms. Ask for the business card of each person you have interaction with while on campus—admissions representative, faculty member, financial aid representative, student tour guide.
Take these items home and create a file folder for them. Maintain a separate file folder for each school.
Once your official tour is over, if you are still interested in the school try doing some of the following:
Listed below are 50+ questions that you might ask while on the campus. Choose several that are of the most importance to you. Remember that asking questions and obtaining answers is important. It will help you to form an objective opinion of the school.
Here are some questions to ask a student:
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