As your moving from high school to college, you may visit different campuses to see what feels more like home to you. Aside from deciding if the personality of the school (which is totally a thing) is a fit for you, make sure that you know what you’re paying for and what type of school you’ll be attending.
Whether you schedule a visit on campus and have every moment planned out or make an impromptu visit, consider asking the following questions to learn more about the school’s classroom philosophy and payment options.
—What is the average class size of introductory classes?
—Are teaching assistants used in many classes on campus?
—What is the average class size of upper-division courses?
—What opportunities are there for undergraduate research? Internships?
—Is there a culminating senior year project?
—Do you have an honors college?
—Do you have a learning community or other freshman experience?
—Will my Advanced Placement scores be accepted?
—What type of tutoring is available on campus?
—Who can students talk to about study/test-taking tips?
—Do you have a writing center and how do I access it?
—What kind of learning disability resources do you have?
—How many students take summer classes?
—What opportunities are available on campus over the summer?
—Are online classes available? How widely used are they to teach classes?
Graduation Track Record
—What is your four-year graduation rate?
—What is your five-year graduation rate?
—What percentage of freshmen return for sophomore year?
—How much is tuition for (part- or full-time) undergraduate students?
—Does tuition change based on how many classes I take?
—What extra fees are there aside from tuition?
—What is your average financial aid offer?
—What is the typical amount of loans students take out (per year/overall)?
—What is the average merit award? Is that renewable for every year?
—What is the average college debt that students leave with?
—What work-study opportunities are there?
—Are there scholarships offered by individual majors?
—Are there scholarships available to study abroad?
—Are there research grants for undergraduate students?
—What percentage of students receive college grants?
—Do I have to pay for the semester all at once or are there payment options?
Before you head out on a college visit, do some background research to see what you can learn online. Search the school’s website and social media pages to see what you can learn.