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Questions to Ask on College Visits

College visits are an important part of researching colleges. They provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions that could influence your decision to apply to or attend a college. Here’s a list of questions to consider asking on your next college visit.

When you visit a college for the first time, you might feel excited or apprehensive, or a combination of both. This is a big step in your life, where you’re looking for the right school (for you) to prepare you for a career and in some ways, for the rest of your life. College visits are an important part of researching colleges. They provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions that could influence your decision to apply to or attend a college.

When you visit a college, you’ll interact with a variety of people that may include student tour guides, admissions staff, resident advisors, and current students. Not only can you ask these people questions about the college, but also about student life, organizations, and course workloads.

College visits will give you a better understanding if you’ll be fulfilled once you’re a student there. Here’s a list of questions to consider asking on your next college visit.

General

  • What do I like and dislike about this college?
  • What does the college do to help freshmen adjust and meet people?
  • What do students do to socialize on campus?
  • What's the nearest town like?
  • What student safety precautions are in place?

Tip: During your visit, take in as much information as you can. It wouldn’t hurt to jot down important observations so you can compare this visit with others and make pros and cons lists for each school you visit.

Campus

  • What is the best dorm?
    • And how do I define “best” dorm? Best facilities? Best party atmosphere? Best proximity to classes? Best community?
  • If I don’t like my roommate, will I able be able to change?
  • How long does it take to get around campus (i.e., from the dorms to the library, classes, and dining hall)?
  • How is the dining hall food? Does it offer a variety of foods? What other dining and meal-plan options are there on campus?
  • Do I need a car on campus?
  • Is there parking on campus? Do I need a parking pass?
  • Where do students spend their time when not in class?
  • Do students typically stay on campus over the weekend?

Tip: While you’re paying attention to the buildings, make sure you also observe the students and staff around you. Are they friendly? Do you feel welcome?

Academics

  • What is the learning environment like on campus?
  • Will I have time to hold a part-time job while being a full-time student?
  • When do I have to declare my major?
  • What is the process for changing majors?
  • Is there an honors program?
  • Will I be able to balance my studies with my social life?

Tip: If your schedule allows, try to schedule your college visit while class is in session, so you can get a feel for the actual student and classroom environment.

Activities

  • What study abroad options are available?
  • Is there a gym (s) on campus?
  • What are some fun things to do around town? Movie theaters? Concert venues? Shopping?
  • What extracurricular activities are offered on campus?

Tip: While academics are the fundamental building blocks of your college education, a balanced extracurricular and social life are also important factors in choosing a college. Make sure you consider as many factors as possible when making your college choice.

Of course, thinking of questions to ask on your college visit is a great way to prepare for your visit, but there are other things you can do to ensure you have the best experience possible, including consulting your guidance counselor and asking your peers.

Want to take this list of questions with you on your visit? Click here to print Questions to Ask on a College Visit Checklist!

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