College Planning

QUESTIONS TO ASK COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES

HIGH SCHOOL VS. COLLEGE
What are the major differences between high school and college?

GENERAL ADMISSIONS
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 is better?
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?

TRAVEL
How far is the college from my home?
How accessible is public transportation?

FINANCIAL
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?

DIVERSITY
Does the college demonstrate a commitment to educational opportunity for underrepresented students?
Who are the students and where do they come from?

ORIENTATION
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 students?
Are faculty members available to students at times other than office hours?
How are students encouraged to be active rather than passive learners?
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 introductory courses?
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 enterprise?
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?

RETENTION
What percentage of freshmen return for their sophomore year?
What is the overall student retention rate?

SOCIAL LIFE
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 attended?
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?

 

 

 

 

 
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