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?

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

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

Here are a few from your list - you better have one: Where's the health center? What's the likelihood of graduating in 4 yrs? What % of students graduate with job offers? What specific scholarships are there, if any? How easy is it to trade roommates? What's the likelihood of becoming an RA? What % of financial need does the school meet? You'll surely have your own, but these are pretty good for starters.

Rana Slosberg
Owner Slosberg College Solutions LLC

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

Ask the tour guide questions that concern you, where the answer isn't readily available on the college website. For example you may want to know how available the professors are, why the tour guide selected this college, what kind of student would fit in the college, and what students do on a typical weekend. The National Survey For Student Engagement (NSSE) provides a great, free guide entitled "A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College: Questions to ask on your college visits" that I recommend. It focuses on questions in five areas: - Supportive campus environment - Enriching experiences - Student-faculty interaction - Active Learning - Challenging academics

Kristina Dooley
Independent Educational Consultant Estrela Consulting

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

An important piece if advice is that, during your college visit, you should ask questions which you can't easily find the answer to on the school's website. It's important to remember that your tour guide is most likely a current student at that school so you should ask them about their own experiences and why they chose that particular university. While you can certainly ask questions about the academic component of the school, it's important to keep in mind that your tour guide might be studying something completely opposite of what you plan to study and may not have all of the answers. Make sure to ask questions about the social scene at the school, but again, remember that your tour guide is just one voice of many so if they say "it's boring here" or "we party all weekend" you may find that there are others who would say the exact opposite.

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.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

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

Be sure to use this time to ask a contemporary any questions that are important to you. If you care about the quality of the food service, the amenities in the residence halls, whether the campus empties out on the weekend, where students tend to study, etc; this is your chance to find out. One of my favorite queries is: if money were no object, how would you like to see it spent on campus?

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.

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.

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?"