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
- 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.
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:
- What makes your college unique?
- What academic programs is your college most known for?
- How would you describe the kids that go there? Where do most of them come from?
- Where do kids hang out on campus?
- What happens on weekends—are there things to do on campus or in town, or do most kids go home?
- Are fraternities and sororities a big part of campus life?
- What are the housing options for freshmen?
- Do many students live off campus?
- Is there a sports complex or fitness center?
- What are the most popular clubs and activities?
- What’s the security like on campus?
- What’s the surrounding area like? Is it easy to get around?
- What are the most popular majors?
- How would you describe the academic pressure and workload?
- What support services are available (academic advisers, tutors, etc.)?
- Do I need to bring my own computer?
- What’s the faculty like? How accessible are they outside of class?
- Are there opportunities for internships?
- Is there job placement help for graduates?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 316-462-8012.