What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

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What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

Lisa Carlton
Owner www.collegematchpoint.com

What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

I think it is helpful to find out what the tour guide loves most about the college. This question can also lead to information that would not typically be included in the tour. You also might ask them the one thing they would change about the college. These questions give you chance to have a more personal conversation with the tour guide. College tours provide a great opportunity for you to ask any questions that are on your mind. The most important question is the one you are basing your decisions on. If the music department is important- ask about that. Don't hesitate to ask about food, dorms, and night life, too.

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

The questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit are about student life. If you are not a big drinker, ask about the party scene. Is there a lot of throwing up in the bathrooms on week-ends? How can you avoid that? Do they have quiet dorms and what does that mean exactly. Ask which clubs the tour guide participates in and how active it is. Ask where else they applied and why they chose college X.

Tyler Burton
President Burton College Tours

What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

How many hours a day or week do you study? What is your favorite class? What other colleges did you apply to? What day does the weekend begin? (Some schools start their partying on Thursday, some schools are quite and others are not. If the answer is that every day is like a weekend then you have a pretty good feel for the campus social environment.) What are some of the school traditions? Is there a dorm that everyone tries to get into? What is greek life like? Do the students and administration get along? Do a lot of students go home on the weekends?

Heather Tomasello
Writing Coach The EssayLady, LLC

What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

Visit the dorm and ask, “Could I see myself living here?” Visit the library. “Could I see myself studying here?” Visit the football stadium. “Could I see myself cheering here?” Visit the cafeteria. “Could I see myself eating here?” Visit the Student Union. “Could I see myself hanging out here with friends?” Visit a class. “Could I see myself learning here?” Walk across the quad. “Could I see myself calling this place ‘home?’” Ask an admissions officer: "What percentage of students in my major graduate in 4 years?" "Will be teachers be professors, or T.A.'s/grad students?" "What is the average class size for general studies courses? What about major-specific courses?" Ask a financial aid officer: "What expenses are not included in the total cost of attendance?" "What merit scholarships are available?" "What is the average % of financial aid met with scholarships/grants?" "What is the average debt incurred by students here by the time they graduate?" "What are the most important admissions criteria?"

Tira Harpaz
Founder CollegeBound Advice

What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

I would let the tour guide run the tour and ask questions if something seems interesting or if the guide doesn't discuss a subject you want to know about. Some questions that you might ask about would be the availability of dining at all hours, how long it takes to traverse the campus from the dorms to the academic buildings, whether the student center is used for numerous activities, whether students turn out for athletic or theatrical events and whether lots of kids leave campus on weekends. Try and ask questions that can't be answered by looking at the college website.

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder getmetocollege.org

What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

The most important questions to ask on a college visit are questions that are important to you. Don't hog the tour and share the space. Tour guides love their campuses and can even give you suggestions about what else to do while on campus.

Kiersten Murphy
Executive Director and Founder Murphy College Consultants LLC

What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

I think that it is most important to ask what you want to know about. However, you shouldn't ask questions that are obvious in college literature. You can also ask the student about their experiences on-campus - how have they gotten involved, how engaging are faculty members, what do they do on weekends, what would they like to change, who wouldn't fit in on campus, where have they interned/studied abroad, etc.

Ronald Harris

What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

The most important questions to ask the tour guide are: 1. Why did you choose this college? 2. What other schools did you consider? 3. What do you like most about this school? 4. What do you wish you could change? 5. Is there anything you know now that you wish you had known as a prospective student?

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

There are no specific questions. Instead, try to engage your guide in a conversation designed to answer your biggest question—Is this the right school for me? Think about academics. What was your favorite class? Least favorite? Why? How much interaction do you have with professors? Other students? Think about campus life. What do people do for fun? What is campus like on Friday night? How often do you go home? What is the political or religious climate of campus? How much drinking or drug use should you expect? Think about your priorities and ask questions that will help you determine if this school is right for you.

Reena Gold Kamins
Founder College, Career & Life, LLC.

What are the most important questions to ask a tour guide on a college visit?

Before you head to campus, make a list of all the things you want to know that can't be found on the school website or in their marketing materials. Asking a tour guide what the average class size is can be a missed opportunity. He is going to give the answer he is trained to give. Instead, you might ask something like, "I read that the average class size is 19. How may classes have you had that were larger than 19?" That question will provide a more useful answer. Every prospective student has different goals and therefore different questions that are important. What's a deal breaker for you? Class size, the quality of the dorms, the availability of internships, the possibility of graduating early? The most important questions to ask are the ones which will help you determine if the school can help you achieve your goals.