When visiting campus, you’ve got a lot to do: check out student housing, talk to current students, get a feel for campus life, and learn your way around. However, one thing you want to make sure you have time for is a chance to sit down with an admissions counselor.
While your tour guide can be a great resource to offer the “student” perspective of campus, it’s worth meeting with an admissions representative directly to get some of your high-level questions answered one-on-one. You can usually make an appointment in advance.
Not sure what to ask when the day finally arrives? These can help get you started:
- How would you characterize the students who come to your school?
Every school is a melting pot of personalities, backgrounds, and interests—but some tend to attract certain kinds of students. You could, for example, find out if your school is known for party-going socialites or library-bound bookworms.
- What were some of the biggest or most popular campus events last year?
What’s this school’s big tradition? What attracts the crowds? Whether it’s Homecoming, a formal dance, Spring Fling, or something else, most schools have their own “biggest day of the year.”
- What are some of the most popular campus clubs?
Student organizations are a great way to meet people, learn something new, or just get out of your dorm for a while. Find out where other students are meeting up to explore their interests.
- Do you have an honors program? What are the perks?
Honors programs are designed to challenge academically minded students, and usually come with some pretty awesome perks, including priority class registration, access to an honors lounge, or unique medals at graduation.
- What is the most popular major?
Popularity can be both good and bad: if your school is well-known for your intended major, you can expect high-quality faculty and a lot of on-campus resources, but also having to compete with a lot of other students when scheduling your classes or getting your professors’ attention.
- What can you tell me about my major of interest?
Your admissions rep can tell you about your program of interest at this particular school, including where they’re located, what some of the faculty are known for, and if there are any associated student clubs.
- I’m the type of person who likes to (insert a description of you here). Is your school a good fit for me?
Introducing yourself to your admissions rep is a good way to help them help you. Once they have a better idea of your interests, personality, and goals, they can give you answers better suited to your individual needs.
- What are the most important deadlines I need to keep in mind?
Be sure to ask about deadlines for the FAFSA, other financial aid forms, your application, and anything else you might need.
- Do you offer non need-based financial aid? How do I apply for it?
Most schools offer merit-based financial aid of some kind, which rewards everything from good grades to community service projects. Ask what types of aid are available and how you can be considered for it.
One thing to remember after your visit: be sure to follow up with the admissions rep you talked to and thank him or her for their time. It never hurts to make a connection—plus, it’s just polite.
Still looking for ways to fill up your day while on campus? Check out our free guide, 20 Questions to Ask When Visiting Colleges.