Here are some things to think about as you're on campus visits to determine your future college university.
Campus Visit Questions:
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
If you have questions please contact Lyn Brown, College and Career Advocate at email@example.com or 316-462-8012.