Big university or small college. Public or private. Visiting a campus in person is the best way to learn about the environment where you'll be spending the next four years of your life. It's an opportunity to sit in on a class, or even spend the night in a residence hall. And during your visit, be sure to ask these ten questions.
What made you choose this college over the other ones you were considering?
Not too long ago, these students were in the same situation you're in now. Something helped them make their decision. Maybe it'll tip the scales for you too.
What are a few things you wish you had known before arriving on campus?
This is how you'll get the inside scoop—the information you won't find in the guidebooks.
What are the most popular majors on campus?
Get insight into certain programs, and find out what students are actually studying.
What's the average class size for first-year courses?
Yes, just first-year courses. It will give you a better idea of what to expect from day one.
Which professor has had an impact on your college experience, and why?
Technically these are two questions, but you're bound to get interesting answers to both.
What connections exist between the college and local residents?
This is another way to learn about the community that will be your second home for four years.
Which students live where?
Some colleges require first-year students to live on campus. Some don't. Either way, you'll learn the best places to live.
What do students do for fun on weekends?
Ask everybody you meet. Especially people who look like they're having fun.
How do you get around?
This tells you whether you'll be walking, biking, or shuttling between class, the store, and your room.
Who has the best cup of coffee or slice of pizza?
Actually, this should probably be the first question on the list.