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Beginning your college search

Student self-evaluation

What do I do well?

What are my strengths/weaknesses?

What's important to me?

How hard do I want to work?

What kind of environment reflects my values?

Do I need special support?

What kind of setting do I want to live?

Is family part of my support system, to what extent?

Where do I see myself in five years, 10 years?


General Questions

What are the three strongest majors at your institutions?

How are students advised?

When do I have to declare a major?

Is my particular major accredited?

Do you have a core curriculum?

Can students double major? Or seek double degrees?

What types of internships/study abroad and/or co-op experiences are available?

What percentage of freshman return for sophomore year? (RETENTION RATE)

What percentage of freshman graduate in four years? Five years?

What is the average freshman GPA of the entering class?

What are the average SAT/ACT scores of the entering class?

How large are the classes?

Who teaches them? Professors or TAs?


Student Life

Are students required to live on campus? For all 4 years?

How are roommates selected?

Please talk about safety on campus?

What kinds of student activities occur? How often?

What percentage of students leave on the weekends?

What disability serves do you provide?

Do you require a meal plan?

Are freshman allowed to have cars on campus?

Do you have sororities/fraternities?

What clubs are available?


Financial Aid

What is the average financial aid package for incoming freshman?

What happens after freshman year? Does it decrease?

If I receive outside scholarships will my loans decrease or merit money decrease?

What financial options are available to fill the unmet need?

Do you include parent and student loans when issuing the award package?

How difficult is it to find a job on campus?

Do you look at merit within need?

Are you need blind?

Do you have a wait list for aid? How often do you aid or admit students with aid from the wait list?


Interview questions colleges may ask

Why do you want to go to college?

Why have you chosen this particular college?

What have you liked/disliked about high school?

What courses did you most enjoy in high school?

What have you read lately?

What would you most like to change about yourself?

If you could live your high school years over again, what would you do differently?

What have been your most meaningful extracurricular activities and why?

What activities will you continue in college?

What is your greatest strength/weakness?

What do you feel will be the most challenging aspect of transitioning from high school to college?

Describe your best friends. Are they similar or different from you?

What bothers you most about the world around you? If you could change the world, where would you start?

Why should we accept you?


Interview questions YOU can ask

What are the strengths/weaknesses of the college's advising system?

Are there new programs, building projects being developed?

Is there an active student government?

How involved is the student body?