What do students really think about their school?

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What do students really think about their school?

Scott White
Director of Guidance Montclair High School

What do students really think about their school?

Most students I know are happy with their college choices.

Erin Avery
Certified Educational Planner Avery Educational Resources, LLC

Ask the Experts

Ask them. Go to Unigo's student section and ask the experts: current college students! 

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

The real truth

It often feels difficult to learn about a college because everything seems biased. The tour guides, admissions staff, websites all put a positive spin on the campus. Yet, you know that not everything can be perfect. Check out the opinion/editorial pieces in the student paper. Hang out late at night when defenses are low and you might hear the real deal. Ask my favorite question: "If you could change anything about the school what would be it?" Read The Insider's Guide to the Colleges, written by current students of each campus. Check out student reviews on Unigo.com. Bottom line, what you think about the school is what matters.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

What do students really think about their school?

The best way to find out is to visit the school and try to talk to as many current students as possible. Read their college newspaper and listen to their college radio station. Peruse the billboards. Eavesdrop on the conversations in the coffeehouse or the cafeteria. Check out the statistics at the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) website.

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

Current students in college

Ask them! You'll find college students in Facebook groups such as xxx college class of 2013. You'll find them on Youtube. When you visit, talk to the students on your own and ask them!

Mollie Reznick
Associate Director The College Connection

All you have to do is ask

The only way to know the answer to this is simply to *ask*. I wouldn't necessarily ask your tour guide or students who work in admissions as they are paid to represent their school. Go in to the student center or dining halls and try to chat up students and find out what their favorite and least favorite things are about their school; they will likely give you a candid response.

Geoff Broome
Assistant Director of Admissions Widener University

just ask

visit schools and ask them. eat in the caf and pull a student aside and ask them. Often times, college websites will have a link under their admissions page to ask students a question. See if the school that you are looking at has one?

Cheryl Millington

What do students really think about their school?

Essentially you have to ask specific questions to really discover what students really think about their school. For example, if you ask a general question, do you like your school? You’ll get a general answer. But if you ask specific questions about faculty, programs, residence, etc. you’ll likely to get at what they really think about their school.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

What do students really think about their school?

Ask them. When you make a campus visit do not limit yourself to the official stuff. See if you can sit in on a class where in addition to getting a sense of the academic atmosphere and approach you will also have a chance to talk to the other students and get their take on what life is like at the school. Too, try and stop by the student center to see students in their natural habitat and ask them what they think of their school. Obviously the responses will vary, but you will learn a great deal and get a fuller idea of the range of things that might be both good and bad. The students are the ones experiencing the school on a day to day basis as you will be. See what they think.

Renee Boone
The College Advisor

What do students really think about their school?

When visiting campuses, ask students open-ended questions like: What do you like most about your school? What needs improvement? What do prospective students need to know that may not be readily apparent from the website or view book?