What to Ask Current College Students on a Campus Visit
One thing college applicants often overlook is speaking to students currently attending a college or university. By doing this, applicants can get honest, individualized perspectives about what it’s like to live, work and play at a college or university. Here a few good questions to get these conversations started below.
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, you’ll have to be prepared to take personal initiative with your studies. 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 overall size of the university and the way it accommodates students. At bigger colleges, it can be difficult for students to sign up for smaller, more 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 on or off campus after the first two semesters. You might not plan on spending 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, inclusive spaces.
What are the Extracurriculars?
This question touches on a college’s student network and how involved the student body is in clubs, organizations and other extracurricular activities. If you're interested in certain activities, find a student who is in clubs or groups related to those activities. Ask if these clubs require applications, how one becomes a leader and how much time each one demands of its participants.