Applying for college can be, simply put, overwhelming. There’s so much to do and so many deadlines to remember that sometimes you can lose sight of the final goal: actually getting into the college of your choice. Luckily in between standardized tests and supplemental essays, students and their parents can often squeeze in a trip to visit potential colleges. While you’re scoping out the dorms and and local entertainment, take advantage of this opportunity to get your facts straight about the prospective school. Here are some important questions to ask on your college visit.
- How Big Are The Classes? Are you looking for a bustling lecture hall or a more intimate dialogue with your professors? See how large the classes and classrooms are, and whether they fit your ideal style of learning.
- What’s Class Registration Like? This is a great questions to ask current students while on your college visit. Find out if registration is a well-run machine or a chaotic free-for-all. Learn about how easy or difficult it is to get into classes — from people who have been through it already.
- How Much Studying Do You Do? Don’t just rely on one person (student or faculty) for an answer to this question — it’s going to vary. But try to find out an average number, and keep in mind that students are likely to be more realistic on how much time they actually devote to their academic studying.
- What’s The Food Like? Make no mistake a bout it, food is a serious concern for college students. Besides being a social site, the quality and availability of the local cuisine can have a major impact on your college experience. Find out how easy it is to get food (especially if you have dietary concerns), and whether it’s worthwhile to invest in a meal plan.
- What’s The Social Scene Like? Some people prefer a vibrant party school, complete with an elaborate Greek life. Others opt for a more sedate, mellow environment. A college visit is the best way to gauge the mood and mentality of a campus, and to see if you sync up with the students already matriculating.
- What’s The Careers Office Like? Does your school offer internships while you’re still in college? Find out what sort of relationships it has with businesses in the field your pursuing. Ask about the effectiveness of the Careers Office, and see if students have positive experiences to report.
- What Are The Dorms Like? Checking out the rooms isn’t enough; ask about amenities, dorm locations in relation to the campus, and how they place students. It’s probably a good idea to check out the internet capabilities and security measures while you’re at it. And make sure to ask what percentage of students live on-campus, or if the majority of students prefer to commute.