A campus visit is your best opportunity to make sure the schools on your list are a good fit for you and your goals.
We wrote quite a bit about preparing for your trip. You learned about important questions lots of people overlook, things to ask students in your major, and how you can learn about campus before you even get there.
But we never told you about the biggest resource available on campus tours—your tour guide! Your guide probably knows the answers to all of your questions about campus and what it’s like to go to school there.
But what do they wish more students would ask on their tours? Here's what we found out. Add these questions to your list for the next tour!
Where can I find help outside the classroom?
It happens; everyone struggles with their assignments from time to time. Finding out what kind of academic support services are available to you ahead of time can help make those moments less challenging.
Your tour guide will be able to tell you about places on campus to get help in your classes, including the library, tutoring centers, study spaces, and more.
How do I get involved in student life?
A big part of college is connecting with people, but first you need to meet them. By joining a student organization, you can explore a hobby, make new friends, or just get a little more involved in the social life on campus.
Your tour guide can help you discover the kind of clubs and organizations that are available. If you don’t see something that interests you, ask how students start their own group. Your guide might be even be able to introduce you to the students that run one of your favorite organizations!
How do I connect with my academic advisors and professors?
Yes, you will see your professors and academic advisor outside of normal class hours. In fact, not seeing them is one of the biggest mistakes new students make.
Your academic advisor will be one of your most important allies while in school. He or she will help you plan your course of study, investigate class offerings that interest you, and keep you on track to graduate.
Similarly, many of your professors will be available outside of class to talk about your academic interests and explore scholarship and research opportunities.
Ask your tour guide about how students connect with their advisors and professors at the schools you visit.
How do I find an internship?
Making connections while still in school is a huge deal that can lead to plenty of networking and career opportunities before you graduate. That's where internships, externships, and co-op education come in. These programs give you hands-on, real-world experience in a field or industry that interests you. You see the job from the inside, which gives you valuable insight into your career path.
Many schools host an office dedicated to career services, which not only helps you polish your résumé and brush up on your interviewing skills, but also connects you to local employers looking for interns.
Ask your tour guide about the career and internship services available to students; you could even ask them to link you to the career services website so you can check out available internships.
Who are the best first-year professors?
All the commotion that comes with applying to college, getting accepted, finding scholarships, and preparing for your transition to campus can make it easy to forget one crucial question: who are the best professors for first-year students?
Having great professors in your freshman-year classes can help you make a smooth transition to college, and you may even score a mentor for the rest of your time there. Your tour guide should be able to give you the inside scoop.
Knowing what to ask in advance will help you get the most out of your campus visit. Be sure to check out our free College Visit Checklist to learn more.