In a previous post, we gave advice on “gut check” questions students should ask themselves as they tour colleges. Here’s more advice on questions you can ask an admissions officer, as well as questions for your tour guide or any other students you meet on campus.
This advice is provided by Anna Seltz, the owner of Higher Ed U, College Admissions Consulting located in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. Prior to opening her own consulting business, Anna spent 13 years working in Admissions for American University in Washington, DC and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She can be reached at Annaseltz71@gmail.com. Check out Higher Ed U’s facebook page too.
Don’t be shy! This is your chance to get as much information as possible. Many times, you’ll ask the question that others are thinking but may be too shy to ask. Also, admissions people LOVE it when students and families are engaged in their presentations and ask questions. Trust me on this one.
Questions to ask an admissions representative:
- How easy is it to double major?
- What percentage of students graduates in 4 years? What percentage of double majors graduates in 4 years?
- Do students apply to the school, or to a particular major?
- When do students need to declare a major?
- Do you require an audition as part of the admissions process if you want to be a theater or music major?
- Can supporting documents be sent to the admissions office if an applicant wishes to highlight a particular artistic talent such as theater, music, dance or another art form? Are these documents used in the application review?
- Do all majors have the chance to have internships and are they are common part of the educational experience?
- Is there support to help students find an internship?
- When do students typically start using the career center?
- Can you tell me about the services the career center offers?
- Do students study abroad? Does your college or university have a study abroad program?
- Can students study abroad on another school’s program?
- How easy is it to fit a study abroad program in and still graduate in 4 years?
- How accessible are professors? What are some examples of professor/student interactions outside of the classroom?
- How large are the largest classes? How small are the smallest classes? What is the average class size?
- What are some examples of clubs and activities available to students?
- Do students attend sporting events, theater events, and social events on campus?
- Are there academic support services on campus such as tutoring and writing centers?
Keep Track Of Who You Meet
After each information session, get the business card of the person who gave your information session as well as the name and contact information of the admissions representative who will work with your application so that you can be in touch with them.
Also get the name and contact person in the department of your intended major if you know what you