Questions to Ask at the End of an Admissions Interview

on March 23, 2017

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. Don't be afraid to think on the fly, either. This communicates that you're engaged, as well as prepared.


Here are a few sample questions to get you started: 


What are some things that students from this program have gone on to do?


This question has a twofold purpose. First, it shows that you've researched this college and are interested in specific programs or opportunities. You don’t want to ask any questions that can just as 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.


Second, this question suggests that you have the future on your mind, and that you're ambitious enough to be thinking about your career beyond college. Open-ended, goal-oriented questions will demonstrate your curiosity as a potential student as well as your desire to work hard and excel in your chosen field.


What advice would you give me as an incoming freshman?


This question allows your interviewer to extrapolate on their personal experiences at their college. 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 from someone more experienced.


How easy is it for freshman to take upper-level classes?


This question demonstrates that you're excited to learn, aren’t scared of a challenge and actively are thinking about the logistics of being a student at this college. Even better: List a few upper-level courses or professors in specific departments to show that you've already done your research.


What are some of the best student activities on campus?


Although your studies are important, engaging with the student body also is a fundamental aspect of life in college. Universities are looking for well-rounded go-getters, not just straight-laced academics.

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