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Idaho Colleges and Universities

Idaho's colleges and universities offer our students a wide range of educational opportunities.  These post-secondary institutions provide 2-year and 4-year programs in both public and private sectors, as well as professional-technical options.  Check them out!

College Visit Questions

Questions for the admissions office

  1. How safe is the campus?
  2. Is there any kind of shuttle service available?
  3. Does the campus have a security force?
  4. Are the dorms spread through the campus or clustered in one area?
  5. What services are offered by the campus health center?
  6. What is the total cost of attending college here?
  7. How successful are your graduates in finding jobs?
  8. What are the most popular majors?
  9. How are advisors assigned?  Will I have an advisor in my major?  What if I don't know what I want to major in?

 Questions for students

  1. How many of your courses are taught by the real professor and how many by a teaching assistant?
  2. Is the teaching innovative, discussion and project-oriented, or is it mostly lecture-oriented?
  3. How many students will be in my classes?
  4. How hard do you have to work to get good grades?
  5. What was the transition like from high school to college?
  6. What reputation does the department of _______________have?
  7. How adequate is the campus computer network?  Do the dorms have access to internet/wi-fi?
  8. What do students do on weekends?  Do they all go home or stay on campus?
  9. How much help outside of the classroom do you get from professors?  Is there a tutoring center?
  10. Do people participate in the activities, groups, clubs on campus?  
  11. How is the quality of the food in the cafeteria or dining hall?  Are there healthy options or is it like fast food?  Are there meal plans?
  12. Are freshman allowed to have cars on campus?
  13. If you could change something about this campus, what would it be?
  14. What do you love about this school?

 Questions to ask yourself

  1. How did the staff members interact with students?  Were they friendly or authoritarian?
  2. Do most of the students seem like you, or are they completely different?
  3. How would you feel about being in a classroom with these students?
  4. Did the students try to make you feel at home?  Were they helpful in answering your questions?  How did they interact with one another?
  5. Does the campus seem like a good size for you?
  6. Are the dorms single-sex or co-ed?  How do you feel about that?
  7. Are the dorms too quiet?  Too noisy?  Too crowded?  
  8. How large are the rooms?  Is there space to study? 
  9. Does it look like there is much to do outside of the campus?
  10. How easy is it to get to places off campus?  Are there places within walking distance?
  11. Do you feel comfortable and safe?
  12. Is there a supermarket nearby to stock up on snacks?
  13. If you move out of the dorm after freshman year, are there other options close to campus?

Remember, you are visiting the college to find out if it is a good match for you.  The students who are already there may like it, but you have to decide if you will.  Decide what’s important to you, whether it is class size, healthy food, activities, or attentive professors and make sure those things are in place.

Article courtesy of CampusCompare.com