Questions to ask during college visits

Before visiting a school or meeting with an admissions representative, read their literature and make a list of issues that are important to YOU. Here are some questions you might ask:

  • What are the admission requirements?
  • What is the undergraduate enrollment?
  • What is the size of a typical freshmen class?
  • What is a typical freshman classroom size?
  • What is the surrounding community like?
  • Do most students commute or live on campus?
  • Do many students stay on campus or commute home for the weekends?
  • What type of student activities are available?
  • Can I meet with faculty and students and/or spend an overnight on campus?
  • Do you offer internships or co-op opportunities?
  • Are there any study abroad opportunities?
  • Are there work/study opportunities where I can earn a part-time income?
  • Does a typical student graduate in 4 or 5 years?
  • What are the most popular majors?
  • Is there an Honors Program?
  • Is there a difference in cost for out of state students?
  • What percent of students receive financial aid?
  • Are direct loans, grants or scholarships available?
  • How do I apply?
  • What are your application and financial aid deadlines?
  • What type of housing is available?
  • Can freshmen have a car on campus?
  • Where is parking available?
  • What meal plans/food choices are offered?
  • Are there athletic grants/scholarships available?
  • What type of support services do you offer?
  • Tutoring, advising, personal concerns, financial assistance, job placement, etc.
  • What are the tuition costs?
  • Cost of room and board?
  • Other mandatory fees?