Campus visit questions
Campus visits are a great way to get a feel for a college and whether it will be a good fit for your student. But what questions should you ask to make sure you glean every bit of info you need to make an informed decision?
We’ve put together a list of questions, tips and talking points to help you get the most from your campus visits.
Important things to keep in mind/ask during a campus visit:
- Keep a list of pros and cons for each school.
- Take pictures during the tour to better remember certain spots and the campus feel.
- Find out if the school has a virtual tour for your student to revisit before making a final decision.
- Residence Halls – What percent of students live on campus? What type of housing is offered and is there off-campus housing nearby?
- What are the smoking/drug/alcohol policies on campus?
- How easy is the campus to reach? Is there an airport nearby if needed? How difficult will it be for your student to travel back and forth during holiday and summer breaks?
- What are the campus safety arrangements? Are there safety patrols? How often?
- Is the school single gender or co-ed?
- Do the faculty have the highest degree in their field? What is their experience? Will professors be teaching courses or graduate teaching assistants?
- What is the average class size?
- What internship/career services does the school offer?
- What clubs and organizations does the school offer?
- What scholarships are available?
- What athletic teams/events are on campus? If your student is an athlete and interested in competing on a college team, try to set up a meeting with the team’s coach to discuss try-outs and athletic schedules.
- What does the campus offer students? Make sure to ask about laundry, counselling and health services and gym access.
- Take time to look at the surrounding town. Is it difficult to reach from campus? Too close? Ask your student tour guide about fun things to do on campus and in town.
- Does the campus offer a writing or math center? Are there tutors available if your student is struggling?
- If possible, ask to sit in on a class or meet with a professor in your student’s area of interest. This can give you a good idea of how classes will feel.
- If the campus is large – is there a shuttle service?
- How late does public transportation run in the area?
- What are the most popular majors?
- What is the percentage of undergraduate and graduate students on campus?
- Is there an honor society? How many students belong to it?
- What percentage of students study abroad? What are the study abroad opportunities?
- How many students stay on campus during the weekends?
- It’s all right to ask about the food – see what options are available on campus and in the surrounding area.
- Make sure to get an email or phone number of an admissions counselor before leaving in case you have any further questions about the admissions process.
These question should give you a good foundation of information on a given school. Happy hunting!
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