Campus Visits: Part 3
Questions you can and should research from home before your visit:
A campus visit should be your time to learn things you can’t find answers to on the website or through research. It is also a time to feel and see the campus. Don’t spend all of your valuable time finding answers that you can research at home. Listed below are questions you can find answers to on a college’s website, through a phone call, or on College Board or College Navigator!
How are advisors assigned to students? What is their role?
What is the registration process? How are classes selected? Are you guaranteed to get the classes you want or need?
Are students taught by full-time faculty members, graduate assistants, or teaching assistants?
Are on-campus and off-campus jobs available?
What is the procedure for selecting a roommate?
Are incoming students guaranteed housing? For how many years?
What percentage of student live on campus?
What are the college's policies for moving off campus?
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 or scholarships?
What is a graduate’s average debt?
What kinds of learning disability resources do you have?
What is the average class size of introductory classes and upper division classes?
What opportunities are there for undergraduate research?
How many students participate in undergraduate research?
Is there a culminating senior year experience: a thesis or capstone class?
Is there an honors college?
Retention, Success, and Career Services
What is the four-year graduation rate?
What percentage of freshmen return for sophomore year?
How many students at the college get internships?
What type of career services do you have?
Most importantly have fun on your visit. Take time to reflect on how you feel on the grounds of the campus as well in the areas surrounding the school. Remember to take notes and pictures and ask yourself, “Can I picture myself here for four years?”. More information will result in an easier and sound decision, whether you are deciding on a college to add to your list or making your final college choice.
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