After the first few tours, the campuses will begin to blur together, so it is imperative to take good notes - remember a notebook and several pens. Take notes while on the campus, but be sure to also record your impressions later on after you have had time to reflect upon your visit. Below is a list of questions to ask either the admissions officer who is hosting the information session or the student tour guide. Do not be afraid to ask questions! Questions demonstrate interest which may work in your favor should you apply to the school.
Questions Admissions Officers
Why do students apply to this college?
What are the most popular majors?
What are the most popular extracurricular activities?
Are there student traditions?
What types of services exist for personal and career counseling?
How are roommates chosen?
What are the standout attributes or features of your college?
What is new at the institution in the last two years?
What is the freshman year like in terms of requirements, orientation programs, traditions?
What percent of students study abroad? Participate in internships?
What range of GPAs/test scores are you looking for in an applicant?
How do you weigh factors such as quality of high school, GPA, rank, scores, activities?
Who teaches introductory courses – professors or graduate students?
What percentage of graduates go to graduate school? Find employment?
What constituents a typical freshman year program?
Questions for Students
What do students on campus rave about? Complain about?
What type of student seems the happiest?
When did you last meet individually with a professor?
Do you know one or two professors well enough to ask them for a work or graduate school recommendation?
What is the glue that binds together the social life? Greek life? Residence halls? Athletics?
What happens on weekends? Do students stay on campus?
What was happening on campus last weekend?
Does a particular group dominate the social scene?
Tell me about the balance between time spent on academics versus time spent on your personal/social life.
What do you like best about your college?