Questions to Ask Colleges


Here are a few scripted questions that Juniors and Seniors can ask when talking to College Admission Representatives:

Around Academics:

-Do you have any professional programs? (eg: does your liberal arts school offer a teaching credential, is your nursing program accredited)

-How many students on campus do research with their professors? How easy will it be for me to find academic mentorship at your school?

-Is learning praxis based? Will I be encouraged to have off-campus jobs and internships?

-What resources does the campus offer to struggling students?


Around Financial Aid:

-What are your aid options? (merit scholarships, need-based scholarships, loans)

-What is the average aid amount?

-How many students take out loans to attend your school?

-What percentage is the loan in relation to the whole financial aid package?

-How many students have work study jobs on campus? What would a typical job look like? How many hours will I be expected to work?


Around Scholarships:

-Do you automatically consider me for scholarships when I submit my application?

-What are the specific scholarships I can apply to for your college?

-Are there any deadlines coming up?

-What is the difference between a merit scholarship at your school and a need-based scholarship? Do you have more of one type or another?


Around Housing:

-Do I have to live on campus?

-Is housing guaranteed on campus for four years if I want to live on campus?

-Do students move off campus at any point, what are your numbers?

-Is the surrounding neighborhood safe and affordable? What would the typical student say?


Around Study Abroad:

-What percent of students study abroad?

-How is financial aid negotiated?


Around Alumni Networks:

-What are the major fields that your alumni go into?

-What percentage of graduates have full-time jobs with benefits and make over $30,000 within one year of graduation?

-What percentage of graduates go on to full-time volunteer jobs like Americorps, Peace Corps, City Year?

-What percentage of graduates go straight into a PhD program?

-What percentage of graduates get into Medical School?

-What percentage of students become teachers?


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