Last year, we brought you information on three questions to ask during a college campus tour. This year, we’re bringing five more questions to ask, so you can get more out of your college campus tours and make sure you choose the right college for you.
1. Will I take any classes in my college major during my freshman year?
At many colleges, your first year of school will include taking mostly general education classes. However, at some colleges, you’ll get to take courses in your college major, such as Engineering 101 or Psychology 101, right away. The earlier you can take courses in your major, the earlier you can know if you made the right choice or if you want to change your major.
2. How easy or difficult is it to get into classes I’ll need to graduate?
At college, some courses aren’t offered every semester. Some courses are extremely popular and are hard to get into. Some entry-level courses in certain popular majors may fill up quickly. On your campus visit, you may be able to meet with an academic advisor in your intended major. Ask which courses fill up quickly, and how they’ll help you get into classes you need to graduate if a course is full by the time you register.
3. Do most students stay on campus or leave campus on weekends?
The answer to this question will tell you a lot of about what campus life is like. If most students live nearby and go home on weekends, your options for weekend fun on campus may be limited. If students tend to stick around, it likely means there’s lots to do on campus and in the town where your university is located.
4. Who can get into the residence halls?
Your safety is important, and each school handles access to residence halls differently. At some colleges, any visitors in the residence halls need to check in with security or a Resident Assistant (RA) at a hall desk. Some colleges lock external residence hall doors after certain hours so only residents can get in with a key (or key card). Other colleges may have more relaxed policies. Make sure you know what to expect so you can feel comfortable living on campus.
5. What will the career services offices do to help me get a job or internship?
Internships during college are increasingly important to help you land your first job. But to land an internship or a job, you may need help or advice from your university’s career services office. Ask what resources are available to help you find jobs: Does the school have a job search board or connections with employers in the community? Where have they helped students find internships or jobs in the past? What workshops or one-on-one training are offered to help you craft your resume, write cover letters or prepare for interviews?
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