So you’re getting ready to go to college. Maybe you’ve narrowed it down to your top few schools – but how much do you actually know about these schools? Maybe you don’t know them as well as you’d like.
What better way to know the campus best than to talk to current students? Below are 20 questions you should ask students about their experience.
- Why did you choose this college?
- How many of your courses are taught by a professor and how many by a teaching assistant?
- Helpful are professors outside of the classroom?
- Is the teaching discussion- and project-oriented, or is it mostly lecture-oriented?
- How big are/were your introductory classes?
- How challenging are your classes?
- How much time do students typically spend on homework?
- What are considered the strong majors on campus? What are the weak majors on campus?
- What reputation does the department of ___________ have?
- What kind of access do you have to computers on campus?
- How is internet access across campus?
- How busy is the library normally?
- How busy is the gym? How up-to-date are the amenities?
- What do students do on weekends? Do they all go home or hang around on campus?
- Do people participate in the activities, groups, and clubs on campus? Or are they dominated by a few groups?
- What events are held on campus for students (movies, concerts, speakers)? Are any free?
- How was your dorm experience?
- How is the quality of food in the cafeteria or dining hall? How are the sizes of the portions? Is it healthy or fast food? How do you like the meal plan options?
- How was your freshman orientation experience? What did it consist of?
- What do you wish you knew before starting school here?
Asking students their opinion will give you a more well-rounded view of the school, aside from how the admission office wants you to view the school. Hopefully this point of view will help you narrow down your choices to the best school for you.