45 Questions to Ask During a College Tour

With so much time available during the summer, students are provided with a great opportunity to tour colleges.  Though some may not be open at this time, virtual tours and Q&A opportunities may be available.  Whatever the case, it’s important to be prepared with good questions.  Below we have provided a list of potential questions you may find useful.  Choose a few whose answers you feel will best prepare you for college life.

  1. Why did you choose this school?
  2. What is the average introductory class size?
  3. What is the average upper-division class size?
  4. Are the professors accessible outside of class?
  5. What majors are popular here?
  6. How easy or difficult is it to enroll in the courses you need?
  7. How’s the Wi-Fi?
  8. Are your classes lecture-based or discussion-based?
  9. When do you have to declare a major?
  10. How much freedom do freshmen have in choosing courses?
  11. How much reading and writing is required in your courses?
  12. Are the admission standards higher for certain majors?
  13. Is it easy to change your major?
  14. How satisfied are you with academic advising?
  15. Are there tutoring programs or writing centers available?
  16. Is the school on a semester, trimester, or quarter system?
  17. Can undergraduates work with professors on research?
  18. Are there honor programs available? What are they like?
  19. How much time do students spend studying each week?
  20. What is the social scene like?
  21. Are there many study abroad opportunities available?
  22. Have you done a study abroad and what was it like?
  23. Where are the best places to study on campus?
  24. What kinds of things are there to do in your school’s hometown?
  25. What does it take to graduate in four years?
  26. What kind of learning disability resources does the school offer?
  27. How are the dorms?
  28. Do most students live on-campus?
  29. What are the major reasons why students leave prematurely?
  30. Do students organize study groups or online discussion forums?
  31. What clubs and student organizations are popular?
  32. What can I expect from your school’s career services office?
  33. How accessible and helpful are the school’s health services?
  34. Is there a lot of school spirit?
  35. What percentage of students get internships?
  36. Do sports play a large role on campus?
  37. How would you describe your fellow students?
  38. How diverse is the student body?
  39. How are the resident counselors?
  40. Are students in the dorms randomly assigned roommates?
  41. Are there many students from other countries?
  42. What percentage of students go on to graduate or professional schools?
  43. What kind of food is available on-campus?
  44. What scholarships are available?  How can you find out?
  45. Why did you choose the major you did?