Visiting a College Campus
Visiting a College Campus
A personal visit to a post-secondary institution is often the most useful step in helping you and
your parents decide whether or not to apply to a particular school. You are encouraged to make
use of group tours, open house events and group information sessions as a way of obtaining firsthand impressions of schools.
Visits during the regular academic year provide a more accurate view of the academic and social
life of a campus, but families often make use of summer vacation to visit several schools that are
at a distance. When possible, it is a good idea to avoid the distortions of the days of registration,
final exams and special campus events such as homecomings or festivals. Several high school
holidays such as Veteran's Day allow students who visit colleges to minimize the disruption to
their own academic program.
What are some questions to ask the tour guide during a college visit?
1. What constitutes a typical freshman program?
2. Who teaches freshman courses? Graduate assistants or permanent staff?
3. What is the average class size for first-year students and introductory courses?
4. Which departments are strongest?
5. To what extent is there interaction between faculty and students?
6. How good are the library facilities? What technology is available for student use?
7. What cultural opportunities are available in the community?
8. What kinds of support services are available for students? Is there a Learning Disabilities Programs?
9. For what reasons did you choose this particular college?
10. What is the make-up of the student body?
11. Are there many international students and students from all over the U.S.?
12. What types of financial aid are available?
13. If the college is co-educational, what is the ratio of men to women?
14. How complete are the health facilities?
15. Is there a professional counseling service available for career planning and personal
concerns? Are all freshmen assigned a faculty advisor?
16. How active and effective is the student government?
17. How strong is school spirit? What activities are offered to encourage school spirit?
18. What are the opportunities for participating in intercollegiate or intramural sports?
19. What type of housing is available to first-year students? Is housing guaranteed for all four
20. How are roommates chosen?
21. Is campus security an area of concern to students or faculty?
22. What is the retention rate for freshmen? How many of the original freshmen graduate?
23. Is there an active Alumni Association?
24. What are the possibilities at your college for research opportunities, internships, and
study abroad programs?
25. Is there an Honors Program? What is the selection process?
26. What are the most popular majors?