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Janice Kirn-Sottilaro Points0

Here are questions to ask on a college tour that can help you to become better acquainted with the school:

  • What percentage of students return for a second year?
  • What percentage of students graduate in 4 years?
  • What percentage of students find a career in their field within 5 years of graduation?
  • Are students able to be assigned a mentor in the workforce before senior year?
  • What is the campus crime rate? The rate is reflective of what type of crime?
  • What options are there for commuter students to feel connected to the campus and other students?
  • Does the college offer transportation from the local train station to campus?
  • Can you give some examples of internships your students have been offered?
  • Each year tuition goes up for many schools; what has been the percentage increase each year for your school?
  • If the school is a Catholic college, are there particular classes students must take?
  • Does the school offer substance-free dorms?
  • What percentage of classes are led by teaching assistants?
  • Are professors required to "publish?"
  • Do incoming freshman take a first-year seminar class?
  • Is the school a suitcase college?
  • Can freshmen have cars on campus?
  • What is the percentage of students accepted to medical and law school upon graduation? What percentage of students are accepted into a graduate program upon graduation?
  • Does your school offer/require laptops of all students?
  • What kind of special services do you offer a student that had an IEP while in high school? Are student counseling services available on campus?
  • Are students permitted to take summer courses at home and transfer credits to your institution?
  • Is your school test optional?
  • What are the average SAT/ACT scores of students accepted to your school?
  • If wait listed, what can a student do to be moved off of the list?
  • Is there a volunteer EMT site on campus or does the township service emergency calls to the college?
  • What percentage of acceptances are offered to students applying regular decision as opposed to early decision?
  • Can a letter of recommendation for your school come from an employer or are they required to come from teachers and counselors only?
  • How late into the evening is food service available on campus?
  • Does your health center have a doctor on campus or, on call?
  • What is the general size of an upper division class?
  • Do undergraduates have opportunities to be involved in research on campus?
  • What honors programs does your school offer?
  • Are senior students required to complete a project, research task, etc.?
  • Does your college offer any type of tutoring or assistance with mathematics or writing on campus?
  • Do you offer a study abroad program?
  • What types of financial aid does your school offer? What does a typical package look like? Is there Greek life on campus? How are their activities monitored?
  • What form of career services does your school offer?

Good Luck!

Jon Semcer Points0
The typical tour is conducted by a student who works for the admissions office and may not have all admissions data that a member of the admission staff would have. Before I give you some questions to ask let me say that the best time to ask " inside questions" is after the tour is over and it is just you, your parents and the tour guide.Lets do those questions first. Why did you decided to enroll at this school.? Where else were you admitted ? How accommodating do you find professors with office hours and extra help? What do you think is a big social issue on campus? How secure are the dorms? Are there 24/7 foot patrols on campus? if you had to pick one thing to change about this college/ university what would it be? What would you want not to change? You will find most tour guides are great kids and will talk with you ( always ask them if they have few extra minutes to give you) Other questions you might find important are how many credits can you take in the summer at another school? Can any courses for graduation be tested out of? Is there a late night shuttle between the library and the dorms? How wired is the campus? Are there any plans in the next four years to expand the campus in terms of academic buildings or resident halls. Can you explain the course registration process for incoming freshmen? As the tour moves around campus other questions will come up based on the guides presentation. One more tip-- always take pictures of each campus you visit because after three campuses you will forget what you saw at campus #1. Good luck.
Jennifer L. Severini-Kresock Points0
There are so many! What is the current student enrollment?, What per cent of students receive financial aid?, What are the required high school courses?, What entrance exams are required?, What percentage of applications are accepted?,What is the application deadline?, What are the financial aid forms that are required?, What atheletic programs are available?, Is there a big emphasis on Greek life?, What is the male-to -female ratio, What is the four year graduation rate?, What special programs are offered? This is only a small sample.

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