Campus tour questions

College campus tour guide talking with prospective students outdoors

Get the most out of your visit by preparing questions you want answered while on your tour.

Heading out to a prospective college for a tour is exciting. Get the most out of your visit by preparing ahead of time. Before you go, plan what questions you want answered while on your visit. Generally the school will have plenty of information on their website or in brochures. Check these out ahead of time. When you’re actually on campus be sure to focus on the information you can’t get from those sources. You have a chance to get real world information from students, detailed explanations from financial aid experts, and one-on-one advice about your major from advisors. That’s a big deal, so take advantage of it.

What you’ll need to find out about the college will come from different people on campus.

Here is a list of your sources and possible questions to ask:

Questions to ask your student guide

About housing, food, and transportation:

  • Advantages/disadvantages of different dorms/housing complexes. What’s the “personality” of each?
  • Do most freshmen live on-campus?
  • How do you like the cafeteria food?
  • Where are the best places to eat around campus?
  • What’s the best way to get around campus?
  • Do many students have cars?

About campus/community life:

  • What is student life like on the weekends? Weeknights?
  • What is there to do on weekends? Do most students stay or leave campus on weekends?
  • What are the biggest campus traditions? Does everyone go to the football or basketball games?

About classes:

  • What’s the best class or most inspiring professor you ever had? Why?
  • How well do you know your professors, and how did you get to know them?
  • How difficult is it to enroll in the courses you need?
  • How many hours per week do you spend in class? How many hours do you study?
  • Are you required to have a laptop or does the school have a rental program or other options for easy access to technology?

General questions:

  • What do you like most about this school? Least?
  • Why did you choose to go here?
  • If there is one thing you wished you had known your freshman year, what would it have been?
  • What was the hardest thing to get used to when you first got to campus?

Questions to ask the Department of Residence

  • Can students choose which college dorm they live in?
  • What amenities (air conditioning, refrigerator, bathroom, etc.) do the rooms have?
  • How many roommates are assigned to a dorm room?
  • How are roommates chosen?
  • Do all students live on-campus? Do only freshmen?
  • What types of security measures are in place at the dorms?

Questions for an academic advisor

  • How difficult is it to enroll in the courses you need?
  • How much time do students spend on homework each week?
  • How much writing and reading are expected?
  • How often do students discuss ideas in class?
  • How often do students make class presentations?
  • Are faculty members accessible and supportive?
  • What type of honors courses, learning communities, and other distinctive programs are offered?
  • Is a culminating senior year experience required for the degree I am choosing?

Questions for the financial aid office

Ask the financial aid office what you need to know specifically about their process.

  • Are there any additional steps you need to be aware of?
  • What are the key dates for securing funding for your freshman year?
  • If you’re considering a job on campus, ask what opportunities there are on campus, and when is a good time to apply.

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