70 Questions to Ask During Your College Campus Visit

Deciding what college to attend is one of the most important decisions of your academic career. Whether you’re just wrapping up high school or you’re ready to pursue higher education after taking a few years off, the school you attend shapes your college experience and lays down a path for your future. Research UIU’s degrees and programs, tuition costs, and locations. Find out if you can take online courses alongside face-to-face classes for flexibility when you need it.

Once you have a handful of potential schools in mind, arrange campus visits. After all, while virtual tours are useful to get an idea of what a college campus looks like, nothing compares to visiting in person. Not only can you see what it’s like to be a student for a day, but you can ask questions about admissions and academics, financial aid, graduation and career services, student life, athletics, extracurricular activities and campus culture. Here are the top 70 questions you should ask admissions counselors, faculty members, tour guides or other students during your college campus visit.

Questions about Admissions & Academics

  1. Why should I choose this college? What makes it unique?
  2. What types of students succeed here? What types of students might not be happy here?
  3. What was last year’s acceptance rate?
  4. Are freshmen assigned admissions counselors and academic advisors? How do these faculty members help students?
  5. Is there a student orientation program for incoming freshmen? Is it enjoyable?
  6. Which majors are the most popular or have the best reputation?
  7. Is it easy to change your major?
  8. If I’m a transfer student, how many of my credits will transfer?
  9. How often are group projects, presentations and other collaborative work required?
  10. Do any majors require independent study, a senior thesis or capstone project?
  11. Are there any honors programs? What are they like?
  12. Do professors hold office hours to meet with students?
  13. Are most classes taught by professors or teacher’s assistants?
  14. Are there any particularly popular classes or well-liked professors?
  15. Are most classes lecture-based or discussion-based?
  16. How much freedom do freshmen have in selecting the courses they take?
  17. Do students usually get their first choice of classes?
  18. What is the average class size?
  19. Is there a computer lab available for students to use?
  20. Where is the best place to study on campus?
  21. How many credit hours does the average student take? How much homework should I expect?
  22. Is on-campus tutoring available? Is it free?
  23. Are there resources for people with learning disabilities?
  24. Are study abroad programs available?

Questions about Financial Aid

  1. How much does the average student owe after graduating?
  2. What kind of need-based financial aid is available?
  3. What merit and need-based scholarships am I eligible for?
  4. What work-study options are there?
  5. How do I apply for financial aid?
  6. What important deadlines do I need to know?

Questions about Graduation and Career Services

  1. Do you offer career counseling? Is it effective?
  2. Do some majors require internships? How do I find them?
  3. Are summer jobs or research positions available through the school? Do many students utilize this option?
  4. What percentage of students have part-time jobs? Is work easy to find?
  5. Can undergraduate students work with professors on research or academic projects?
  6. Do any particular majors prepare students to continue researching in a graduate or post-graduate program?
  7. Do you offer “career days” or employer recruitment on campus?
  8. What is the four-year graduation rate?
  9. How many students find a job quickly after graduation?
  10. Who are some influential people that have graduated from this school?

Questions about Student Life

  1. What is a typical day like for a student here?
  2. What activities are available when you’re not in class, either on campus or around town?
  3. How is the social scene? Where do students hang out?
  4. What are the options for student housing? How many students live on campus?
  5. Do freshmen live together in freshmen-only on-campus housing? Is it required for freshmen to live on campus?
  6. How are roommates assigned? Do they usually get along?
  7. What do I do if I have a conflict or need to switch rooms?
  8. What are the dorms like? Are there kitchens, laundry facilities and common rooms? Do residents have private or shared bathrooms?
  9. Do students living on campus have to purchase a meal plan? How much does this cost?
  10. What’s your favorite cafeteria food? What foods do you avoid?
  11. What options are available for off-campus student housing in the area?
  12. What are my options for commuting to school? Do I have to buy a parking pass?
  13. Is it easy to get around campus on foot?
  14. How’s the on-campus Wi-Fi?

Questions about Athletics & Extracurricular Activities

  1. What sports are offered through the school? Which ones are the most popular?
  2. What divisions do the teams play in?
  3. Are there intramural sports or exercise classes available?
  4. Is there a lot of school spirit surrounding the athletic department?
  5. Which clubs or other student organizations are most popular?
  6. Do many students belong to fraternities or sororities?
  7. Do students have options for connecting with and volunteering in the community?
  8. Can you tell me about a particular club? (Ask for more information about whatever activities interests you the most.)

Questions about Campus Culture

  1. How would you describe your fellow students? Are people friendly here?
  2. Is the campus ethnically diverse?
  3. How many international students are there? What countries are they from?
  4. How many students are enrolled in on-campus classes? What about online? How many of these students are freshmen?
  5. What is your favorite thing about the culture at this school? What’s one thing you wish you could change?
  6. Are there big campus-wide events like homecoming or alumni weekend?
  7. Have there been any recent student protests? If so, what were they protesting, and how did faculty and staff respond?
  8. Is it safe to walk around campus after dark? What safety measures are in place?

Visit Upper Iowa University Campus

If you’re interested in attending Upper Iowa University, we highly recommend paying us a personal visit to help you decide if UIU is the right fit for your academic goals and desired career path. We’re eager to show you our beautiful campus and modern facilities, as well as answer all your questions. Provide us with at least two weeks’ notice of your visit, and we can arrange for you to:

  • Tour the campus and residence halls
  • Meet with an admissions counselor
  • Speak with a faculty member about your area of interest
  • Visit with a coach or co-curricular leader
  • Learn about the UIU class schedule
  • Have a free lunch in the Student Center
  • Attend an athletic event

Even if you can’t provide advanced notice of your visit, we would still love to show you around campus and introduce you to an admissions counselor. Either plan to come on a Group Visit Day or schedule an individual visit at a time that works for you.

What are you waiting for? Visit Upper Iowa University’s Fayette Campus today! For answers to your remaining questions, or to ask about scheduling your visit, please contact us at 800-553-4150 or send an email to info@uiu.edu. We look forward to meeting you.