Preparing for a College Campus Visit

Written on 05/22/2019
Rachel Fowler


These questions serve as a guide for making sure your college visit is productive.  You cannot expect to have all of the following questions answered, but set up your priority list before you go. 

 

Appointments

A college welcomes you to come for a visit. However, please call the school at least a week or two ahead to arrange your visit. Perhaps you can plan to visit more than one campus on a given day. It is best not to attend more than two campuses in a day.

Make sure you know where to go as far as a meeting place, parking, etc.  Request or check website for a map of the campus.

Wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes.

It is a good idea to go with a parent or other adult. Pray the Lord guides you in this decision process as you determine how best to prepare for temporary earthly life.

 

Questions to ask

You cannot expect to have all of the following questions answered, but set up your priority list before you go.  Try to have the same questions answered on all campuses.


Admissions

  1. What high school requirements are necessary - GPA/rank/courses?
     
  2. Compared to other students enrolled at your school, where would I rank according to my high school academic achievement?
     
  3. What are the required ACT scores and/or other pre-college tests?
     
  4. Is a student's extracurricular activities, special talents, recommendations, etc., essential or helpful for academics?
     
  5.  When should I apply and what are the procedures?
     
  6. Do you require an admissions interview?
     
  7.  Would it be helpful to attend your preview day?

 

Academics

  1. What are the requirements for graduation?
     
  2.  What are the major academic programs offered?
     
  3. At what time in college do I have to select my major program or career choice?
     
  4. What major or academic program is your school especially noted for?
     
  5.  What kind of assistance is given to the student in planning his/her major or career choice?
     
  6. If a student were having difficulty in his course work, would help or assistance will be available?
     
  7. Do you have a placement bureau that helps students gain employment after college?
     
  8. Do you have available an updated placement report for your college graduates?
     
  9. What percentage of your students complete the four-year programs?
     
  10. What are the reasons list for students dropping out of your school?
     
  11. What are common mistakes made by new students at your school?
     
  12. If I change colleges, will my credits transfer to another college?
     
  13. May I "test out" of some of the general or beginning courses?

 

Cost and Financial Assistance

  1. What is the annual cost (tuition and fees)?
     
  2. How much will room, board and incidentals cost me?
     
  3.  What kinds of financial assistance are available?
     
  4. What must I do in order to get financial assistance?
     
  5. Are students given any assistance finding summer jobs in their field of interest?

 

Campus Setting

Housing/Meals

  1. What types of housing are available?
     
  2. Can the students cook in the residence hall?
     
  3. What kind of meal plans are available?
     
  4. Are the dorms quiet enough so that students can study in their rooms, or do they usually study in the library?
     
  5. How are the roommates selected?  What is the process to change roommates if he/she is not compatible with the roommate?
     
  6. Are the residence halls coed or single sex?  What rules do you have regarding visitation?
     
  7. May I look over the living arrangements?
     
  8. What proportion of students stay on campus over the weekend?

 

Social Activities

  1. If the school is associated with a religious denomination, are members of other denominations required to attend classes in religion of any kind?
     
  2. Is there a WELS church or organization on campus or close by for me to contact or attend?
     
  3. What are the athletic facilities like? 
     
  4. What intercollegiate sports for men and women are available?  
     
  5. What intramural programs are available?
     
  6. How far is the school from the local community?  Is there easy access to stores and other community facilities?
     
  7. To what extent does the school or nearby community offer cultural opportunities?
     
  8. What is the composition of the student body geographically?  Financially?  Generally liberal or conservative?  Percentage of minority students?
     
  9. Please explain health and security arrangements.
     
  10. Can students have cars?
     
  11. If there are fraternities or sororities, what percentage of the students belongs to these organizations?