6 Questions you’ll want to ask during a campus visit!
I visited five schools my senior year of high school, and since making the decision to come to Emory & Henry, I have led countless groups of interested students through tours, orientations, and interviews. Here are some of the questions I found most helpful to ask and which I most like to answer about my choice of school.
1. What defines this campus?
I think this is one of the most important questions to get answered while on a college visit. It will likely be one of the first things the official presenters say, because schools understand its power too. However, I encourage you to ask for a defining feature of the school from as many people as you can—students, admissions counselors, and professors will all have something to say, and understanding the experience people are having at the school will help you to decide if it’s a good fit for you.
2. What is your advice for an incoming student?
College students can be full of all sorts of things, but one is wisdom (maybe just about being a college student, but you never know). Everyone attending the school you are interested in can think of something they would have done differently so far if they could, and if you ask them to share these concerns, you’ll know some of what not to do. Disclaimer: I’m not saying that by avoiding the mistakes of those who came before you, you won’t make any yourself. That is simply not how life works, despite all of our best efforts!
3. How is campus changing?
I’ve actually never been asked or asked this question, but I think its answer could reveal a lot about a place. Is there new construction going on that could support your passion? Is the student government changing a campus rule to make it a safer place? Are students asking for the curriculum to become more project-based rather than mostly lecture-centric? The answers you get to this question should show that the school is making progress, whether it be social or academic or related in another, and you might find that something is coming into play which will influence your decisions.
4. What is there to do on weekends?
I asked this question of every single person I spoke to on both of my visits to Emory & Henry before deciding to come here. There didn’t seem to be anything around campus and the college itself was so small that I just couldn’t understand what people did for fun (never fear, prospective students of Emory, there is a lot to do). This is something I would advise everyone to ask because even if there are tons of things to do, it is also important that you know whether or not you’ll be interested in those things. And if there’s nothing going on, that may be your perfect fit, too.
5. What kind of support services are offered here?
This one can be so important. Student services can range from help with time-management skills to personal counseling to job searching. If anything under that umbrella is important to you, find a place with a system that will back you up. I think having a group or office on campus dedicated to these things are crucial to making sure your college experience goes smoothly—even if you never go to talk to anyone but simply know that they are there if you need them.
And of course:
6. How’s the food, How are the dorms, etc.?
These seem like the stereotypical kid-who-knows-nothing-about-college questions, but ask them anyway. The answers might sway your choices once you have applied. Also included in this section: how is the security, how are the lounge areas, how is the library, where is the best place to study, etc.
Before you set foot on a single campus (or before you step onto the next one), make a list of the things you think you want in a school. Rate them, if you want, from most important to least, and make sure you get to know the school well enough during your visit to determine whether it does or does not meet every single characteristic. Of course, it’s unlikely that you will find that magical school with no flaws, but if 90% of your “most important” list is fulfilled, it might signify a good fit.
BY: Jessica Myer ’18