Campus Visit Questions

question marksDuring your campus visit, ask questions as you tour the school. After each visit, review the list to see if there are any other questions you might want to add. Remember, you are visiting campuses to get a feeling for the atmosphere of each place – something you can’t get from a brochure or website.  There are also additional questions higlighted on the College Interview page that may provide additional ideas on questions to ask.

Questions to Ask During a Campus Visit:
- What activities and services are available to help students get settled (academically and socially) during their first year?
- How big are the classes?
- (Ask students) How easy is it to meet with faculty?
- (Ask students) Are you able to register for the classes you want?
- What is the total cost of attending the college?
- What types of financial aid does the college offer and how do I apply?
- Are all freshmen assigned to an academic advisor?
- Where do most freshmen live?
- Can I take a tour?
- What activities are available for students?
- Who teaches the majority of the courses for first-year students?
- How successful are the college’s graduates in finding jobs?
- What services (such as transportation and shopping) are available locally?
- What is there to do on weekends? Do most students stay on campus or leave on weekends?
- Are the dorms spread throughout the campus or clustered in one area?
- Is there any kind of shuttle service between classroom areas, the library, the student union, and dorms? How late does it run?
- Is there a security system to bar outsiders from entering dorms?
- Are campus jobs readily available?
- Do many students go home on weekends?
- How large is the campus security police force? Does it patrol the campus regularly?
- What services are offered by the campus health center? How large is it?
- Does the student health center refer students to the local hospital? Is there a nearby hospital? How large is it?

Ask Students:
- How many of your courses are taught by a big-name professor and how many by a teaching assistant?
- Is the teaching innovative and project oriented or is it mostly lecture oriented?
- Are faculty members interested in students and accessible outside of class?
- Do most freshmen class lectures take place in an amphitheater?
- What are the strong majors? What are the weak majors?
- How many hours per week do you study? Is that typical of students here?
- How hard do you have to work for your grades?
- What’s the reputation of the ________ department?
- How adequate for your needs is the campus computer network?
- Do fraternities and sororities dominate the social life of the college?
- What do students do on weekends? Do most go home?
- Is the food good?  What are your other options for getting food if the cafeteria is closed?
- Is it possible to study in your dorm room?  What's the library like as a place to study? ... to do research?
- What are the biggest safety issues on campus?
- What do you like most about this college? ... least?
- How is the academic advisement system? Do you feel your professors really care?
- How easy is it to get the classes you want at registration?
- How helpful are the other students if you miss a class? (Are they willing to share a copy of their notes or review the information covered with you?)
- There are a lot of organizations on campus. Are they dominated by a few groups or is anyone welcome?
- How active is the ___________ (fill in the activity in which you are interested)?
- If you had to do it again, would you still choose this college?

Pay Attention to/ Take note of:
- Are the dorms quiet or noisy? Do they seem crowded?
- How large are the dorm rooms? Is there adequate space and light to study?
- Does each dorm room have access to the internet and the campus LAN?
- What’s advertised on dorm and classroom bulletin boards? What does this tell me about campus life?
- How good is the lighting around each dorm, classroom, and lab buildings?
- Do the buildings and grounds look well cared for or do they need painting and general repair work?
- Is the grass cut and are the grounds landscaped?
- What’s the condition of the playing fields and the sports equipment?
- How is the quality of the food in the cafeteria or dining hall? How are the sizes of the portions? Is it healthy or fast food? Are there meal plans?
- Does it look like there is much to do outside of campus?
- How easy is it to get to places off campus?
- Are there places within walking distance?
- Are there places to get extra furniture, like bookcases, for your dorm room?
- Is there a supermarket nearby to stock up on snacks and soda?
- If you move out of a dorm after freshman year, what are the options in apartment complexes or buildings?

Things to Ask Yourself:
- While waiting how did the staff members that you observed interact with students? Were they friendly or did they approach students – both potential freshmen like you and enrolled students – as if they were interfering with the staff members jobs?
- Was the Admissions office a friendly and inviting place with a great deal of information about the school or was it cold and sterile with little information to pick up?
- What did your parents find out about the career planning services offered to graduating seniors and to graduates? What do the services include?
- Do most of the students seem to be like you or are they completely different? Can you imagine being friends with the people you see on campus?
- How would you feel being in a classroom full of these students? Sharing a dorm with them?
- Do the students try to make you feel at home? Are they happy to answer your questions or do they make you feel like you’re intruding? How do they interact with one another?
- Does the campus seem too big or too small?
- Do freshmen live in their own dorms? How do I feel about living in a single-sex or coed dorm?
- Do you feel comfortable and safe?
- Think about the kind of person you are. Are you a self-starter or do you need someone to motivate you? Do you like being part of a crowd or would you rather be alone or in a small group? How important is it to be near your family? How comfortable are you with challenging courses?
- Compare your offers – financially and what the school has to offer. Make a list of pros and cons of each school and the key reasons for your decisions. Remember some factors may be more important to you than others.

If you attend class, ask yourself:
- Are students interested in the material?
- Is there time for questions and discussion? Do students participate?
- Are students prepared for the class?
- Am I intellectually challenged by what is taking place in the class?
- Do I feel that the students are learning - either new facts or new ways of thinking about a subject?
- Is there good rapport between professors and students?
- Would I feel comfortable as a student in this setting?

As you tour campus, ask yourself:
- Are the older buildings in good repair?
- Are there new buildings as well as older ones?
- Is lab equipment up to date and plentiful?
- Are dorm common rooms attractive? Are there laundry and kitchen facilities?
- Are dorm rooms quiet enough to study in?
- What's the cafeteria like?
- Are the grounds well kept?
- Is the setting and architecture appealing?
- What's the surrounding town or city like? Would I feel comfortable here?

These questions may help you assess your visit:
- Were the people you met friendly and did they answer your questions candidly?
- Did you feel that the students were the kind of people you'd like to get to know?
- Did you sense that the college was interested in having you as a student?
- Did you like the social atmosphere?
- Did the campus itself impress you in any way?
- What did you think about the quality of instruction?
- What do you feel about the academic demands and atmosphere?
- Would you like to spend more time there?

After the Visit/ Interview:
- Try to write down your impressions of the college while they're still fresh in your mind.
- Write thank you notes to your interviewer and anyone else you met with formally, such as a coach or a professor.
- If you spoke with any students and traded e-mail addresses, send an e-mail thank you.

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