What to Ask Current College Students on a Campus Visit
One thing that undergraduate applicants often forget to do is converse with students who are currently attending a college or university. By doing this, applicants can get honest and individualized perspectives about what it’s like to live, work and play at a college or university. So here are a few good questions to start these conversations.
What's the Average Class Size?
Admission offices are willing to put you in touch with someone who studies in a department or program that interests you. You also could try physically going to a department building and asking students questions between classes. Questions about class size will give you insight into how much individual attention students receive from their professors.
If a majority of freshman classes are large lectures, be prepared to take personal initiative with your studies by visiting your professor during office hours. Depending on the type of student you are, class size could make a huge difference in your success throughout your time in college.
How Easy is it to Register for Classes?
Asking about class accessibility allows you to assess the size of the school and how it accommodates students. At bigger schools, it can be difficult for students to sign up for small and intimate classes until their junior year. Ask a student if they had trouble getting into classes during and after their first year.
What Was Your Freshman Year Like?
Most colleges require that you live in a dorm for your freshman year. Some require dorm living for all four years, while others allow you to live in an apartment or house after the first two semesters.
You might not plan to spend much time in your dorm, but you should feel comfortable with your living conditions while trying to make a smooth transition into college life. Ask how students enjoyed the experience, if they made friends in their hall and if they felt like dorms were open and inclusive spaces.
What Are the Extracurriculars?
This question touches on a student network and how involved the student body is regarding clubs, organizations and other extracurriculars. If you're interested in certain activities, find a student who is in clubs or groups related to those topics. Ask if these clubs require applications, how one becomes a leader and how much time each demands of the members.