How to Make the Most out of Your Campus Tour
One of the best ways to narrow your college list is to participate in a campus tour. A campus tour can not only help you decide if that college is going to be an excellent fit for you, but it can also be a great reference for your parents.
A recent article in U.S. News and World Report focused on how to make the most out of a college campus tour.
- Ask about the college’s academics
You should be ready to ask questions about how the academic experience is structured at the college. Find out what the average class size is and who teaches the majority of freshman courses, professors or teaching assistants.
It is a great idea to also inquire about the accessibility of the career services office and post-graduation success. Also, ask if there are opportunities for internships throughout your college career.
- Talk to current students about campus life
As you take your campus tour, don’t be shy. Try to talk to current students about how much support the college provides with freshman transition, living arrangements both on and off campus, what students like and dislike about the city surrounding the campus, and what students do during the week and on weekends.
- Find out about all costs and financial aid
It is definitely beneficial to gather as much information as you can while on campus, so plan to visit the financial aid office and ask any questions you may have.
It is important to ask and find out what percentage of students come back after their freshman year, what percentage of students graduate in four to five years, if the college has a system in place to ensure student success, and if there is an academic support center if you need it.
Make sure to ask about the college security and safety measures to ensure you are protected and able to get help if needed.
- Parent communication with the college
Parents will need to know how the college communicates with them when it comes to academic and/or disciplinary issues. While on campus, talk to a school official on how the college handles this.
- Ask about job placement for seniors and for students in your major.
Job placement is becoming more and more important so make sure you inquire about it.
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