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College Rep Visit

College Rep Visit

20 Questions to Ask a College Representative

Whether you meet them at a college fair or on a campus visit, college reps genuinely enjoy talking to high school students and answering questions about their college. The following questions will help start a good dialogue:

  1. What makes your college unique?
  2. What academic programs is your college most known for?
  3. How would you describe the kids that go there? Where do most of them come from?
  4. Where do kids hang out on campus?
  5. What happens on weekends—are there things to do on campus or in town, or do most kids go home?
  6. Are fraternities and sororities a big part of campus life?
  7. What are the housing options for freshmen?
  8. Do many students live off campus?
  9. Is there a sports complex or fitness center?
  10. What are the most popular clubs and activities?
  11. What’s the security like on campus?
  12. What’s the surrounding area like? Is it easy to get around?
  13. What are the most popular majors?
  14. How would you describe the academic pressure and workload?
  15. What support services are available (academic advisers, tutors, etc.)?
  16. Do I need to bring my own computer?
  17. What’s the faculty like? How accessible are they outside of class?
  18. Are there opportunities for internships?
  19. Is there job placement help for graduates?
  20. Are any big changes in the works that I should know about?

Benefits of Speaking to a College Representative

  1. Students have a chance — in their own town — to meet face-to-face with a rep and ask specific questions.
  2. Students can let the college know they are seriously interested.
  3. In many cases, the reps are admission officers from the college, so students have a unique opportunity to make contact with a person who may be evaluating their application in the future.
  4. The meeting provides students with a specific contact at the college to whom they can send questions.
  5. Sometimes reps, particularly ones from state universities, will give an early read on students' transcripts, test scores and course selections during their visits. This helps students assess their fit at that institution and figure out what they can do to improve their chances of getting in.
  6. It's an opportunity for you, as a counselor, to bring to your students’ attention a college that you think is a good fit but that the student may not have considered.