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Monday, February 4, 2013

Questions to Ask On Your College/University Visit

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Other useful questions you can ask on your campus visit:


  • How much time do students typically spend on homework?
  • How much writing and reading are expected?
  • What is the average class size of introductory classes?
  • How widely used are teaching assistants on your campus? 
  • What is the average class size of upper-division courses? 
Academic Perks 

  • What opportunities are there for undergraduate research?
  • How many students participate in undergraduate research?
  • Is there a culminating senior year experience?
  • Do you have an honors college?
  • Do you have a learning community or other freshman experience? 
Financial Aid

  • What is your average financial aid package?
  • What is the typical breakdown of loans versus grants?
  • What percentage of financial need does the school typically meet?
  • What is the average merit award?
  • What percentage of students receive college grants? 
  • What is the average college debt that students leave with? 
  • What work-study opportunities are there? 
Graduation Track Record 

  • What is your four-year graduation rate? 
  • What is your five-year graduation rate?
  • What does it take to graduate in four years?
  • What percentage of freshmen return for sophomore year? 
Academic Support 

  •  What type of tutoring program do you have?
  • How do you provide academic advice to students?
  • Do you have a writing center and how do I access it?
  • What kind of learning disability resources do you have? 
Outside Opportunities

  • How many students at the college get internships?
  • What percentage of students study abroad?
  • What type of career services do you have? 
Student Life

  • What kind of dorm choices are there? 
  • What percentage of student live on campus?
  • How long are dorm accommodations guaranteed?
  • How many students live on campus?
  • Do most students go home on the weekend? 
  • What percentage of the study body belongs to a sorority or fraternity? 
  • What activities are offered to students?
  • What clubs do you have on campus?

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