Before you begin arranging campus tours, you should plan carefully for your college visit in order to make the most of this investment of time and money. Not only do you need to experience the atmosphere but also learn firsthand about the faculty, class sizes, curriculum, etc. Usually college campus tours tend to be mostly a marketing effort for the college involved and not necessarily answering all the important questions. That’s why you need to make sure that you ask about every detail you want to know about. Here are some examples of questions you should know the answers to in order to make an informed decision:
How much is the tuition?
This is probably one of the most important questions since in most cases cost is a big factor in college decisions. Make sure you ask if the price includes room and board. You may also want to inquire about scholarships and what is required of students wishing to apply for one.
What are your most popular programs?
The answer to this question will help you figure out what areas of the college are the best and see if your study interests fall into that category. Research your prospective major in the university’s course catalog.
Are there long waiting lists for some required classes?
If so, that might make it hard to complete certain courses in time to graduate.
Is housing guaranteed?
Make sure you ask to see housing options both on and off campus. If you don’t ask, housing may not be included in the campus tour. You may also want to ask about dorm policies.
Do you accept AP credits?
If you took AP classes throughout high school and have high enough scores on the AP test to be able to get credit for college classes, this is definitely something you should ask.
Does your college have fraternities and sororities?
There are a lot of students who prefer to go to a college that has fraternities and sororities but there are others who don’t want to deal with that. If it makes a difference to you, be sure to ask.
What is the average class size?
Larger class sizes means less one-on-one attention.
Do professors or graduate students teach courses?
Just because a college has great professors, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be taught by them. Maybe they’re busy with research and their classes are taught by grad students.
How difficult is it to change my major?
Use as many resources as necessary to weigh the many essential factors when choosing a major. But if you realize that the major you’ve chosen is not really what you want to do, can you change it and how?
Do you offer internships related to my major?
An internship has many benefits – it not only gives you chance to try out a potential career but it also provides you with professional work experience and helps you develop job-specific skills; some employers see internships as a great way to recruit employees.
What is the percentage of students getting jobs after they graduate?
This is an important question to ask when choosing a major.
What kinds of extracurricular activities does the college offer?
Are there sports facilities for people who are not athletes? Can you take a dance class even if you’re not majoring in Dance?
What percentage of students graduates in four years?
Ask about drop-out rates and the percentage of freshmen returning for sophomore year.
Choosing the right college or university is one of the most important decisions in your life that’s why careful planning and making the campus visit productive and informative are essential. Take the time to review everything and make the best choice for your future.