Visiting your potential college campus can be a love-at-first-sight kind of thing. (Cue the music: Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so call me, maybe?)
It’s easy to be wowed by any number of factors when visiting a college: the look of the campus, the personality of the tour guide or even the just the joy of looking forward to life away from home.
But no matter which factors woo your interest, it’s best to come prepared with a list of questions to ask on your campus visit. Then, after the visit is over, you’ll know if you really want the college to follow up and call you — maybe.
1. What if I don’t know what I want to major in — is it OK to apply as undecided?
2. How many students typically enter your school as undecided?
3. What is the average time to degree for a student who enters the university?
4. Which majors are restricted and what are the restrictions?
5. What do students do over the weekends?
6. How is the relationship between the students and the surrounding community?
7. How important is the Greek system?
8. What is the average class size of a freshman class?
9. What are the options for study abroad, internships and co-ops?
10. What percentage of students graduate in four years?
Ask the same questions at each college you visit and be sure to direct any of these questions to your tour guide, admissions rep and a current student to see how their answers compare. This way you’ll know which colleges don’t make the cut, which ones you’re ready to apply to and which schools you should get know a little better.
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