QUESTIONS TO ASK COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES
HIGH SCHOOL VS. COLLEGE
What are the major differences between high
school and college?
What factors do you consider in the admissions
process and, of those, which do you consider most strongly?
How important are SAT/ACT scores at your institution?
What are the benefits and disadvantages of applying
early decision and early action
What should I include in my admissions essay?
What courses should I be taking in high school to get
into a competitive college/university?
Should I take less challenging courses so that my GPA
What are the benefits of summer enrichment programs?
What is a liberal arts college?
What are 3-2 programs?
How do I set up a campus visit?
Why is it important to visit a campus?
How far is the college from my home?
How accessible is public transportation?
What is the yearly cost of tuition and fees,
room and board, books, and personal expenses?
Is financial aid (need and non-need-based) available?
What do I need to do to be eligible for financial aid?
Does the college demonstrate a commitment to
educational opportunity for underrepresented students?
Who are the students and where do they come from?
What type of orientation is provided to introduce a
newcomer to campus life?
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AND ASSISTANCE
Does the college have a program to identify students
having trouble and programs in place to help struggling
Are faculty members available to students at times other
than office hours?
How are students encouraged to be active rather than
Are students encouraged to work together, to discuss
topics in class, to do self-directed, independent topics?
Are the members of the faculty available to talk to
first-year students about their academic disciplines
and provide career guidance?
Does teaching include more than lecturing?
What is the focus of the curriculum?
Is emphasis on teaching or research?
What majors are available?
Do graduate assistants teach any of the freshman and/or
What courses do typical freshmen take?
Is it difficult to change majors or areas of study after
the freshman year?
Are there particular requirements for graduation?
Are there honors programs or internships?
What is the quality of facilities such as science labs?
How does technology assist in the teaching and learning
How does the college provide access to technology for
students without the financial means to purchase their
own personal computer?
What makes this college different from other colleges?
What percentage of freshmen return for their sophomore
What is the overall student retention rate?
Are there well-supported campus-wide activities
that stimulate social and intellectual interaction,
such as lectures, debates, concerts, etc.?
Is this a place where college and community service
is affirmed through such organizations as the student
government, the faculty senate, college committees?
POST-BACCALUAREATE AND CAREER-RELATED
Does the college have a career development office where
students can find career advice and placement opportunities?
What percentage of your students have been placed in
a full-time job or graduate school?
Which graduate/professional schools have your students
How do I know if a career is for me?
What should I think about if I want to go to graduate
or professional school?