• Campus Visit and College Fair Questions

  • Here are some things to think about as you're visiting schools. However, this is by no means a complete list.

                            CAMPUS VISIT QUESTIONS

    Academics

    • How large are the classes?
    • How many of the classes are taught by a professor versus a teaching assistant?
    • Are the professors accessible outside of class?
    • Are students usually able to take their first choice courses?
    • How’s the Wi-Fi? 
    • Do the professors hold office hours?
    • How many hours of class do students typically have each week? How much homework outside of class?
    • Where are the best places to study on campus?  

    Academic and Social-Emotional Support

    • Can you get help from professors outside of the classroom?
    • Is there free academic support or tutoring? Is it effective?
    • Is there a writing center to help with essays and research papers?
    • Are there computer labs?
    • How accessible and helpful is health services?
    • Are there social orientation programs for freshmen? Are they enjoyable?
    • Is there career counseling? Is it helpful?

    Research, Internship, and Study Abroad Opportunities

    • What kind of internships are available? Do a lot of students get internships?
    • Are study abroad programs popular? Any ones in particular?
    • Are there internship opportunities abroad?
    • Are there opportunities through the school for summer internships or research?

    Extracurricular

    • What are some of the most popular extracurricular activities and why?
    • What clubs or other opportunities exist for community service?
    • Do sports play a large role on campus? What about intramural or exercise classes?
    • In what ways do students connect with and volunteer in the surrounding community?

    Residence Life

    • What are the dorms like? Are there lounges, laundry, and kitchens? Shared or private restrooms?
    • Do most students live in the dorms? What about after sophomore or junior year?
    • How are the resident counselors? Do they plan social events for freshmen?
    • Do most students get along with their randomly assigned roommates?
    • What would I do in case of a conflict or need for a room switch? Is that possible?
    • What kind of food does the dining hall serve? Are there different options?
    • Does the dining hall accommodate special dietary restrictions? 

    Remember that you are looking for a school that's a match for you. No one else can make the decision, so try to envision yourself there -- studying, working, socializing -- and trust your intuition. Your perfect fit is out there.

     

     

                   20 QUESTIONS to ask at a College Fair

    Whether you meet them at a college fair or on a campus visit, college reps genuinely enjoy talking to high school students and answering questions about their college. The following questions will help start a good dialogue:

     

    1. What makes your college unique?
    2. What academic programs is your college most known for?
    3. How would you describe the kids that go there? Where do most of them come from?
    4. Where do kids hang out on campus?
    5. What happens on weekends—are there things to do on campus or in town, or do most kids go home?
    6. Are fraternities and sororities a big part of campus life?
    7. What are the housing options for freshmen?
    8. Do many students live off campus?
    9. Is there a sports complex or fitness center?
    10. What are the most popular clubs and activities?
    11. What’s the security like on campus?
    12. What’s the surrounding area like? Is it easy to get around?
    13. What are the most popular majors?
    14. How would you describe the academic pressure and workload?
    15. What support services are available (academic advisers, tutors, etc.)?
    16. Do I need to bring my own computer?
    17. What’s the faculty like? How accessible are they outside of class?
    18. Are there opportunities for internships?
    19. Is there job placement help for graduates?
    20. Are any big changes in the works that I should know about?

     

  • If you have questions please contact Lyn Brown, College and Career Advocate at lbrown@usd266.com or 316-462-8012.