The Key Questions Your High Schooler Should Ask at College Visits!

Is your student gearing up to visit some prospective colleges that they are interested in? A college visit goes beyond just taking in the sights. Students should be ready to learn more about the college than can be found on the college website so that they may get some idea what life will be like if they choose (and are chosen) to further their education there. Visiting some potential colleges will give your student the opportunity to learn more from the people who teach and study on campus.

What questions should my student be prepared to ask?

Obviously, they will probably not be able to ask every possible question that comes to mind but coming up with a prepared list of questions that relate to their areas of interest and concern would be a good idea. Here are some possible examples of questions to ask the faculty.

What is the average class size of introductory classes?

What’s the four-year graduation rate?

How much time do students typically spend on homework?

How much writing and reading are expected?

What are midterms and finals like?                                                                             

Does the school collaborate with any nearby colleges and universities on any shared-enrollment arrangements?

What kinds of mentoring and advising relationships do students and faculty have?   

What is your average financial aid package?                                                             

What percentage of financial need does the school typically meet?                   

What percentage of students receive college grants?         

What kind of academic and need-based scholarships are offered?

What is the average college debt that students leave with?                        

What work-study opportunities are there?       

What type of tutoring program do you have?

How do you provide academic advice to students?         

Do you have a writing center and how do I access it?

What activities are offered to students?    

What clubs do you have on campus?

What is the student-faculty ratio in my major specifically?


It would also be advantageous to ask another group of knowledgeable people, the students who attend and live at the college that your student has an interest in. What are some possible things to ask students if given a chance?

Are you happy at this college?                                                                                 

Why did you choose this college?                                                              

What is your favorite thing about this college?                         

What is your biggest complaint?   

How easy is it to get in touch with administrators and staff?

How’s the dining hall food? (try it while you are there!) What are the meal plans like? What other dining options are there on and around campus?

How involved are students in extracurriculars, and which activities are most popular?



Joy Capps is a homeschool bookworm residing in the mountains of western North Carolina. The only one who loves books more is her 16-year-old daughter. They both enjoy perusing old bookstores for treasures and sniffing books. Her son who is 18 has special needs, is the social butterfly of the family and has never met a stranger. Although she is originally from South Dakota she now calls North Carolina her home and she and her family love exploring the great outdoors. Her family has been homeschooling since 2005.

June 6, 2019


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    8 + 6 =