These are questions I give students adapted from a College Board handbook and similar resources, along with my own personal additions, that can be posed to college representatives. Feel free to tweak them to your needs/concerns.
How would you characterize the majority of students?
From what economic background/location/type of HS are the majority of students?
What do students like most about the college? Like least?
What political, social, or academic issues concerned students last year? How did the administration react? What was the resolution?
How is the racial/minority climate on campus?
Are the students sensitive to and respectful of individual differences?
Social life and campus activities:
What do students do for fun?
What is the role of fraternities and sororities on campus? Are there any that are non-Greek? If I didn’t want to join, would that be respected by the other collegians?
What are the dominant social groups on campus? Do the groups get along and have there been any problems?
How inclusive is team sports in the social life of the campus? What happens on football or basketball weekends?
Is there a good balance of academics, social life, and extracurricular activities?
Is there an alcohol problem and, if so, how is the college handling it? What is the incidence of binge drinking?
Do students feel safe on campus? What security measures are used (blue lights, escort service, call boxes)?
How secure are the dorms? What identification is required to enter?
What types of dorms (single sex, coed, suites, apartments) are available for freshmen?
Is housing guaranteed all four years? Are freshmen required to live in the dorm?
What mediation is available if I don’t get along with my roommate? How are roommates selected?
Is there something I should know about housing that would help me in my choice?
What are the types of food plans? (All you can eat, vegetarian, kosher, buffet)
What services and facilities are available in the fitness center? What other places do students “hang out?”
How would you rate the fitness center?
Is there a multicultural center on campus?
Do you have a career advising center on campus? Do they help students get internships?
Is there an academic support service (tutoring) on campus for students who do not have an IEP or 504-plan?
Is there a professional I can talk to, when necessary, regarding stress; eg., psychologist or mental health specialist?
Is there a health care specialist (physician, nurse) available on campus? How are emergencies handled? Where’s the nearest hospital?
Is your campus wireless? If not 100%, how much is wireless?
How many libraries are on campus? Is it wireless and what are the hours of operation?
Do you have a book loan system with another college if I cannot get the book here?
Are there private study rooms in the library? Are computers and copy machines available? What is the charge for printing?
Is there a campus radio and/or TV station?
How recent has there been new construction? Are there future plans?
What services/supports are available to students with an IEP or 504-plan?
Community off campus:
What is there to do in town and how accessible is it? Is the town/city supportive of the college?
How close is the nearest airport, train station, bus station?
Academics and faculty:
What’s the student-professor ratio? What’s the relationship? Do the professors teach the undergraduate classes? Do they encourage research with the undergrads?
Do the professors take attendance?
What is the most popular major on campus?
Is your college regionally accredited? Are the departments accredited?
What percent of freshmen return for their sophomore year?
What is your admit rate?
What percent of students graduate in four years? Five years? Six plus years?
What percent are employed after graduation? How many pursue graduate or professional school after graduation?
Do you have Study Abroad, and where? Do you have domestic exchanges, and where?
How would you describe the academic pressure and workload?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of your academic program?
Are professors accessible to students for help?
Are any programs/majors threatened to be cut/discontinued?
Are any new programs scheduled for the next four years?