The college admissions process can be stressful. With so many forms to fill out and open house after open house to attend, it can be hard to resist stammering a quiet, “No, not right now” when they stop to ask if you have any questions.
Remember, this is your chance to get ahead! Confused about something? Ask!
Excited to learn more about a certain program? Take the opportunity to talk face-to-face with the people who have the answers.
If you’re not sure where to start, below are six questions that every student should ask at an open house:
- What qualities are you looking for in a potential undergraduate student? Can you tell me more about the application evaluation process?
You can easily find out a university’s average SAT scores, but a college application goes far beyond just a number. Take this time to pick the brain of an admissions counselor on what they look for in a potential student. Volunteer experience, extracurricular leadership or a well-written essay may be the factors that take an applicant from ‘okay’ to ‘above and beyond’.
- What percentage of financial need does the school typically meet?
A college education can be expensive, but luckily, many universities offer generous financial aid packages to meet the needs of students. Discuss with your admissions counselor what scholarships and financial aid options may be available for you to make your college education more affordable.
- In what ways do students connect with alumni and the surrounding community?
You likely won’t be confined to the campus for the next four years. Find out what opportunities are available for you to go out and connect with the alumni and local community beyond the walls of the university.
- What kind of opportunities exist for undergraduates to work on research or academic projects with professors?
While this may not be on the top of your list of questions just yet, it definitely should be if you are interested in applying to graduate school or a research-heavy field post-graduation. Undergraduate research is a great way to gain real-world experience in your field and prepare you for your next step.
- What programs and opportunities do you have for students interested in _____________?
It’s likely you won’t know exactly where you’ll be after college graduation, but having a general idea of a few programs or majors you may be interested in is a great way to prepare for your campus visit. Discuss what majors are available that interest you and actively question what makes these specific programs unique.
- Can you tell me about career placements or grad school acceptances for graduates?
At the end of the day, your undergraduate experience is preparing you for either entering the workforce or moving on to a graduate-level program. Is there a career resource center available to students? Where are students going to grad school? Be sure to ask how the university prepares its students for life after graduation.