What to Ask Current College Students on a Campus Visit

One thing college applicants often overlook is speaking to students currently attending a college or university. By doing this, applicants can get honest, individualized perspectives about what it’s like to live, work and play at a college or university. Here a few good questions to get these conversations started below.

What’s the Average Class Size?

Admission offices are willing to put you in touch with someone who studies in a department or program that interests you. You also could try physically going to a department building and asking students questions between classes. Questions about class size will give you insight into how much individual attention students receive from their professors.

If a majority of freshman classes are large lectures, you’ll have to be prepared to take personal initiative with your studies. Depending on the type of student you are, class size could make a huge difference in your success throughout your time in college.

How Easy is it to Register for Classes?

Asking about class accessibility allows you to assess the overall size of the university and the way it accommodates students. At bigger colleges, it can be difficult for students to sign up for smaller, more intimate classes until their junior year. Ask a student if they had trouble getting into classes during and after their first year.

What was Your Freshman Year Like?

Most colleges require that you live in a dorm for your freshman year. Some require dorm living for all four years, while others allow you to live in an apartment or house on or off campus after the first two semesters. You might not plan on spending much time in your dorm, but you should feel comfortable with your living conditions while trying to make a smooth transition into college life. Ask how students enjoyed the experience, if they made friends in their hall and if they felt like dorms were open, inclusive spaces.

What are the Extracurriculars?

This question touches on a college’s student network and how involved the student body is in clubs, organizations and other extracurricular activities. If you’re interested in certain activities, find a student who is in clubs or groups related to those activities. Ask if these clubs require applications, how one becomes a leader and how much time each one demands of its participants.

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Colleges Are Still Accepting Students for Fall 2017

Didn’t get into your dream school or finally decided that you want to go to college in the fall? There’s still a chance for you to go somewhere you will love! Something that not many people know is that college admissions reopen their application process in early May. Over 400 colleges have announced that they still have space for incoming freshman.

May 1st is National Decision Day but many colleges are still accepting applications because they didn’t fill up their freshman class by the traditional deadline. The National Association for College Admission Counseling posted the full list of colleges that are still accepting applications in the beginning of May.

College admissions suggest that if you want to go to any of these schools, you should contact the college and ask a few questions:

1) How do I apply? Applying to colleges this time around can be much easier than the first. If you already applied to college this year, you don’t need to fill out Common Application again. You just add the new school to your list on Common App and hit send. However, some schools still require extra essays and questions so make sure to check if the school you choose needs that!

2) Is there any financial aid still available? Some colleges have shared that those who apply late in the game may still qualify for the same grants and scholarships as those who apply earlier. However, some have said that most of their highest scholarships have early deadlines, so those that apply late could get less financial help, and have to pay higher prices.

3) Where will I be able to live? Some colleges and universities say that they have room for students in the incoming class but not in the dormitories. So make sure that you ask about housing options if you don’t plan on commuting.

You have hundreds of college options still, don’t give up on going to a college that you will love!