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Questions to Ask at the End of an Admissions Interview

Questions to Ask at the End of an Admissions Interview

Many colleges offer or require an admissions interview as a part of the application process. Many students, however, don’t realize that in addition to confidently answering all of an admission officer’s questions, they also should ask questions at the end of the interview.

These questions should be drafted in advance to be both personal and relevant to the college. This shows that you're engaged as well as prepared. Here are a few sample questions to get you started.

What have students from this program accomplished after graduation?

This question has two purposes. First, it shows that you researched this college and are interested in a specific program. You don’t want to ask any questions that can easily be answered by looking on the college’s website. This question is a good way to discuss a program you're interested in without sounding unprepared. This question also indicates to admissions officers that you've imagined yourself as a student at this college.

Secondly, this question suggests that you are future-oriented and you're ambitious enough to think about your career beyond college. Open-ended and goal-oriented questions will demonstrate your curiosity and desire to work hard.

What advice would you give me as an incoming freshman?

This question allows your interviewer to expand upon their personal experiences. They might share a few anecdotes of their own or some from other students, which will help you gain a better understanding of campus life. This also gives you a chance to establish a personal connection with your interviewer and communicate your desire to learn.

How easy is it for first-year students to take upper-level classes?

This question demonstrates that you're excited to learn, aren’t scared of a challenge and consider the logistics of being a student at this school. Even better, list a few upper-level courses or professors in specific departments to show that you already researched.

What are some of the best activities on campus?

Although your studies are important, engaging with the student body also is a fundamental aspect of life at a college or university. Schools are looking for well-rounded go-getters, so show your personality in your interview.

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