Ask a College Advisor: What Are Good Questions to Ask During a College Visit?
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Question: What are good questions to ask during a college visit?
College representatives are accustomed to getting many questions from prospective students on campus tours, ranging from simple to exceptionally meaningful.
Some colleges keep track of these connections, known as demonstrated interest. Regardless of the tracking of demonstrated interest, you want to ask valuable questions during your visit and avoid asking questions that you can easily find in an online search.
Here, we explore the different kinds of questions you should consider asking.
Financial Aid/Scholarship Questions
Does your college meet demonstrated need?
Schools that meet 100% of a student's financial need aim to be an affordable option for students they admit. These schools may have larger endowments — and a more selective admissions process.
What types of scholarships does the college offer? Are there sessions to learn more?
College can be very expensive. But, every year, scholarships go unclaimed because students are unaware that these opportunities exist. They miss out on these dollars that could significantly reduce the burden of their bill.
Other financial aid and scholarship questions:
- What percentage of students receive financial aid?
- Are financial aid packages adjusted to reflect tuition changes?
- Are there work-study opportunities available on campus?
How many students live on campus?
Sure, this data point is searchable, but getting more context here is important. Learning the percentage of students who live on campus can help you understand what the campus community is like and how you will fit into it. It can also help you estimate costs like food and transportation.
What support services are available on campus?
The transition to college can come with unexpected challenges. Learning what type of support is available for students is an important part of deciding if a particular school will be the right fit for you.
Most schools have counseling services available to all students, as well as other medical, professional, and emotional support systems. Some other examples of support services include:
- Tutoring and mentorships
- Academic advising
- Writing centers
- Childcare services
- Networking events
- Career services
- Disability services and accommodations
Other campus and student life questions:
- What relationship does the surrounding community have with the college?
- What are the most popular extracurricular activities for students?
- Does the meal plan include options for special diets?
- How does the college maintain a safe campus environment?
Does the college have any academic partnerships with outside organizations?
These partnerships with companies, organizations, and government agencies are extremely important as they open doors for networking, research, internships, externships, and future career opportunities. Specific programs and departments may have additional relationships with local professional networks.
Are classes mostly lecture-based or discussion-based?
Everyone has a different learning style, and class structure can help determine how successful students will be. Larger universities may offer lectures with professors and smaller discussion groups with teacher's assistants. Smaller universities with smaller class sizes may feature more discussion-based classes with the professor.
Other academic questions:
- Is career advising available for alumni?
- How does course registration priority work?
- Is it easy to change your major?
These are just examples of questions you can ask on a college visit. Research will lead you to more questions to ask during the different stages of the application process. Any question that helps you clarify whether a college and program may be the right fit for you is a good question to ask!
DISCLAIMER: The responses provided as part of the Ask a College Advisor series are for general informational purposes only. Readers should contact a professional academic, career, or financial advisor before making decisions regarding individual situations.