College Questions

college tourHere’s a quick and dirty cheat cheat of questions to ask on your next college visit!

Department Heads/Professors

  • Many college seem the same on paper, websites, etc., how would you say _____ is different than _______ (list other colleges you’re considering)
  • You could have chosen other places to teach, what is it about ______ that drew you here?
  • How did last years graduates who majored in _________ fare?  Where are they now?
  • Who were your most successful students and how would you recommend that I model their behavior?
  • Who was least successful?  Why – how do I avoid ending up like them?
  • What question am I NOT asking that I should?

Upperclassmen

  • How is the teaching?  Do the profs seem like they want to be here?
  • Do they make you want to learn more?
  • Are the profs accessible after class if you have questions?
  • How did you choose this college?
  • Many college seem the same on paper, websites, etc., how would you say _____ is different than _______ (list other colleges you’re considering) – [same question asked to Department Heads/Professors]
  • If you knew then (when you were a HS Junior or Senior) what you now know, would you do anything different? What do you wish you knew?
  • How happy are you with the support from the career center?
  • What do they not tell you on the official college tour that I should know?
  • What should I be asking you that I haven’t?

Career Center

  • Who recruits on campus?
  • Any changes from last year’s pool of companies compared to this year?  Why?
  • What support do you offer re:  resume, interviews, alumni connections
  • I’m thinking about majoring in _________, what happened to last year’s grads in that major? Two years ago?
  • What advice would you give a college freshman who wants to be successful after college?
  • What students or types of students were not successful landing a job or heading to grad school?  Why weren’t they successful?
  • What question should I have asked you, but didn’t?