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Making the Most of Your College Tour: Questions to Ask

Making the Most of Your College Tour: Questions to Ask

A college or university tour will highlight the best things that a campus has to offer. You should ask questions beyond what’s presented in order to get to know what a college or university is really like. Read on for the best questions to ask.

What's the average class size? Depending on how you learn as a student, class size can make a huge difference. Because statistics about class sizes offered on websites are misleading, ask your tour guide what you should expect.

If you have a major in mind, ask questions about it. Some majors begin with large, lecture-style classes, while others feature small seminars right away.

How often do students use the library? Some campuses are more academic than others, so how often students use the library can be a good gauge. That being said, at some schools, other study spots such as a café or student union might be popular.

You can also ask your tour guide where their favorite place to study is. But keep in mind that students in different majors often prefer to study in different locations.

How many students participate in clubs and activities? Colleges and universities love to boast about the number of student-led organizations on campus, but to get a real idea of how many students actively participate in extracurricular activities, ask your tour guide.

Whether you prefer an environment where everyone is busy or one where students aren't pressured to fill their free time, you'll want to know what the extracurricular scene is like before you commit. Consider asking which clubs are the most popular, too.

How many students study abroad or pursue internships? If studying abroad or completing an internship are important to you, ask your tour guide how easy it is to pursue these opportunities. Some schools make it easy to study abroad. Some schools also help to arrange summer or semester internships for students.

What are the best ways to socialize on campus? Colleges and universities often have a hard time describing their student social experiences, so ask your tour guide for their perspective. Do most students make friends in their dorm, classes or extracurriculars?

Are there on-campus parties or do people venture away for fun? Ask about your tour guide's favorite tradition, how students date and the best way to meet new friends.

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