50 Questions to Ask on a College Visit

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Questions About Admissions

  • Does demonstrated interest play a role in the admission process?
  • Are there any exceptions to your test-optional policy?
  • Does legacy play a part in admissions and, if so, who is considered legacy?
  • Do admissions interviews, if offered, play a role in the process?
  • Are interviews conducted by alumni, students or admissions officers?
  • Are there any majors for which enrollment is capped?

Questions About Academics

  • Are classes taught by professors or teaching assistants?
  • What is the average class size?
  • How/when do incoming freshmen get course selection advising for their first-semester classes?
  • Who gets priority in the course registration process – is it by grade level, honors programs, etc.?
  • How many classes do students take a semester?
  • Are classes more theoretical or hands-on in nature?
  • How easy is it to switch majors or schools within the university?
  • What is the breakdown of requirements for most majors?
  • What percentage of students choose to study abroad?

Questions About Academic Support

  • What tutoring services are available?
  • Are tutoring services free?
  • How often do students meet with academic advisers?
  • How accessible are professors outside of the classroom?
  • What types of resources are available for students with disabilities?

Questions About Financial Aid

  • What percentage of students receive financial aid?
  • Are merit scholarship estimates built into the school's net price calculator?
  • How much financial need does the college typically meet?
  • How much extra money should I budget for costs beyond room, board and tuition?
  • Do financial aid packages remain the same over time or are they adjusted to reflect tuition increases?
  • How do outside scholarships affect a financial aid package?
  • Do accepted students receive their financial aid award letter at the same time as their offer of admission or later?

Questions to Ask Tour Guides About Student Life

  • When you first came to the school, how did you get involved?
  • How did you meet your friends, and what do students do for fun?
  • Do many students attend varsity athletic games?
  • How does the school build community and foster cultural understanding?
  • What are the hot-button issues on campus?
  • What are some of the school's main events or traditions?

Questions About Campus Housing and Community

  • Are students required to live on campus?
  • What percentage of students live on campus?
  • How do students choose a residence hall and a roommate?
  • What do students say about living and dining on campus?
  • Do most students choose to live off campus after freshman year?
  • What do the campus and community feel like from a safety perspective?
  • How would you describe the surrounding community and the relationship the college has with it?

Questions About Work and Research Opportunities

  • What types of research opportunities do students have access to outside of the classroom?
  • What type of career guidance is offered by this school?
  • Are internship or co-op opportunities available through the college?
  • What percentage of undergraduates have had an internship or research experience by the time they graduate?
  • Is it common for freshmen and sophomores to get research or internship opportunities?

Questions About Student Outcomes

  • What is the four-year graduation rate?
  • What are the requirements to graduate in four years?
  • What is the retention rate from freshman to sophomore year?
  • What is the average level of student loan debt upon graduation?
  • Are career advising services available to alumni or only to enrolled students?

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