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What kind of questions should I ask the admissions department when we visit a school?

Topic: Admissions | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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In general, you can usually get a lot of information off the university___s website. If you are concerned about any part of your application you should ask what the best practices are. You might also want to ask what a successful application looks like. You should keep in mind that the admissions department won___t be able to answer questions specific to your application. They will only be able to talk generally about the application process. Depending on the size of the school there might be an entire team of people who read applications. So keep in mind that one person___s advice isn___t the rule for who is accepted into the university.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | about 4 years ago
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Ask about scholarships. This is a great way to earn money. Also, ask about dorms and student life. They may be able to clue you in and help you attend an event. Write a list so that you don't forget your ideas.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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Ask about pricing. Ask about dorms. Ask for a tour. Ask about scholarships. Ask about events and student life. Make a list so you don't forget.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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I think an important question to ask any admissions department is, why should I come here? Any university (if you qualify academically) wants you to come to their school and give them your money. Have them share about some of the best reasons to pick their school. Also, if you are involved in any kind of activities or sports, ask if they have any of those programs available at their school. This can help you decide if the school is the right one for you.

Answered by: Em Ugrad08 P. | about 4 years ago
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There are many questions that you will want to ask the school's admission department. The most important when getting started to ask is what are the standards for acceptance. Just in case you're in a personal time frame you may also want to ask for the enrollment deadline. Don't forget to ask what degrees are offered for the semester. There are many more questions you will want to ask on a personal level, so be prepared for the opportunity to get all your questions answered.

Answered by: Mc Duffee R. | about 4 years ago
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The most important thing that you need to understand is your chance of getting into the school. Ask them how many applicants they had last year. Of those applicants how many applied to the program you are going to apply for and how many of them got in. Ask them what the most desirable candidate___s applications look like. And if there is anything they recommend to you to make your application look top notch. Many recommend community service, so if you haven't volunteered anywhere you may want to start somewhere 1 day a week.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | about 4 years ago
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What faciliteis are available, the schools history, population and student affairs.

Answered by: Ronald M. | about 4 years ago
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I'd advise making a list before going and bringing it with you when you go. Some questions you might want to ask is tuition costs, cost of living on campus, if food plans are aviable, what the transportation is like, what sort of clubs and organizations are aviable, what sports are avialable, what degrees they offer such as associates, bachelors or master depending on how high you want to take your education at that college. Also its nice to know if there is internet and computer access on campus. Basically anything you might be concerned about or wondering about I would recommend you ask them.

Answered by: Anna2662 H. | about 4 years ago
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When visiting a school you should always ask a lot of questions to make sure you've got answers to all the important questions. You should always ask about their application deadline and the acceptance standards and make sure that you meet or exceed them. Make sure you sign-up to take a tour and try to talk to some current students about how the like their experience at the college. Find out what the popular majors are at the college and see if they match your interest area. Ask about support on campus, the existence of advisers, counselors, and tutors. Find out the student to teacher ratio and the average class size. Try to sit in on a few classes or at least look at a few empty classrooms. Ask about campus life, what are the dorms like, can I bring a car with my first year, do I have to have a meal plan, what is the food like. It is best to have a list of questions to bring with you in case you forget once you are they are trying to take in your surroundings.

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | about 4 years ago
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Focus your questions on how many students complete your chosen program. How many students find jobs and what is their average salary a year after graduation. How hard it is to get into the the school ect.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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You would want to know the requirements for admissions and student to teacher ratio. Some colleges have classes that have several hundred students per section and are held in huge auditoriums. It is very easy to get lost in these types of classes. You will also want to take a tour of the dorm areas if you will be staying on campus. You may want to just flat out ask them what they have to offer you since you will be paying to go there.

Answered by: Dantheman50 L. | about 4 years ago
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There are many questions to ask the admissions department. Ask them what financial aid is available and what scholarships they have for you to apply for. Ask them what the dorms are like and how you will be assigned a roommate. Ask if they help with job placement once you graduate. Ask as many questions as possible!

Answered by: Iamerica N. | about 4 years ago
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When you visit the admissions department of a school you are going to, you should always ask about the school's policy on transferring credit (in case you want to change schools or have credits from another school). You should also ask about any deadlines and papers you need to submit in order to be admitted, as many schools do not tell students this upfront and it is the student's responsibility to find out. Also, ask about any fees which may apply, such as fees for classes, health fees, student insurance fees, fees to use the school's facilities (computer lab, gym, etc), fees for transcripts, fee for challenging courses (if a student feels he or she knows the material of a class he or she must take, the student can challenge the course and get out of taking it).

Answered by: Mayell U. | about 4 years ago
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Ask how hard it is to get in (what percentage they deny). Ask the admissions department what percentage of their students receive financial aid and how difficult it will be to receive in your situation. Also ask how many students complete the program you are interested in vs how many dropout.

Answered by: Zolty F. | about 4 years ago
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Questions to Ask Faculty and Staff During Your campus Visit 1. What distinguishes this department? Are there any special programs for which this graduate program is noted? 2. What are the characteristics of students who have typically not done well in your program? 3. What are the characteristics of students who have typically done well in your program? 4. What are some of the reasons why graduate students have left your program in the recent past? 5. What types of resources are available to assist students in designing, conducting and publishing their own research? 6. Does the department have both graduate assistantships and research assistantships? Are fellowships available? 7. How are graduate assistants chosen? 8. Do graduate assistants have office space? 9. Are there funds available to help students attend conferences and present their research? 10. Is there a mentor/advisor system? If so, how does it work? Are faculty advisors assigned to prospective students or do students have a choice? 11. How are students evaluated academically? 12. What type of academic, personal, financial, and career assistance is available to graduate students? 13. How diverse are the graduate students in your department? Are there support services or organizations for ethnic minorities and/ or women? 14. If a master___s degree student wishes to pursue the Ph.D., will she / he have to reapply to the graduate program?

Answered by: Ker239 C. | about 4 years ago
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There are three things that come to mind about what to ask admissions about. What is the cost to apply if any? What is needed in my application and how long will it take to hear back. Than I suggest writing this down and keeping a record if you visit more than one school.

Answered by: Momtrying2makeit Z. | about 4 years ago
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You should ask first and foremost about safety on the campus. The you should ask about the different degree programs that they offer and how they compare to other colleges in the state. You should also ask about living conditions and jobs on campus. Lastly you should ask about local entertainment (malls and such).

Answered by: College Student123 T. | about 4 years ago
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If you mean in terms of bettering your chance of being accepted, no question you ask will help your chances. If you mean in terms of information, ask whatever questions you want to know the answer to. These may include when applications are due, what the application consists of, what test and requirements there are, etc...

Answered by: Infamous Y. | about 4 years ago
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What kind of activities/clubs are available on campus? Does the campus offer tuition discounts for students who work on campus? What kind of financial aid do you offer? Is on-campus living available? What kind of support does the school offer to first year students? Do students get free health care on campus?

Answered by: Syam V. | about 4 years ago
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You should ask questions such as what is required of the admissions process. It's really important to get all the documents to them on time and fill out the application correctly. A lot of times, people's applications get discarded because they don't fill out all the necessary information. Also ask about financial aid because it's important you can afford the school. Also ask about majors and if the school has the program you are interested in.

Answered by: Sea Whale H. | about 4 years ago
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You should ask the admissions department what are the requirements to apply. Then ask about what the required documents are needed and the deadlines. Ask about financial aid and the different types of scholarships and grants that you may be eligible for. Ask about the cost of tuition and housing and if there is any way to lower the prices.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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Ask about the things you want to know of course! If you will be staying on campus, ask questions about dorm life. Ask where people hang out on weekends. If you arent, ask about commuting things. Ask if there is a parking fee. Ask if traffic in the area is bad usually. Ask if there is somewhere to sit down between classes and do homework. The questions will come to you! Think about your role in the fall and what you will be doing.

Answered by: Allgrowdup O. | about 4 years ago
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When you visit a school, you should ask the admissions department questions that relate to both your short-term and long-term goals. Questions like, "How much financial aid is available to me?", "What kind of security is implemented to keep students safe?", "What kind of classes are available?", and "What are the highlights of your campus?" will help you with your short-term planning (how interested you are in attending this school), while questions like, "Does your school offer any work-study courses?", "Are there any programs/classes that are going to be discontinued/newly-created soon?", and "What percentage of your graduates find work placement soon after graduating?" will help you with your long-term goals.

Answered by: Jro81 C. | about 4 years ago
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One of the things you can ask the admission department is to ask what are some of the requirements in order to get accepted to the school. I would also ask about scholarship opportunities as well as if they offer a career center or job boards available online or a center that have listing easily available. I would also ask about organizations that run at the college and all of the activities that are available at the school.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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If the student has a certain career path already picked out, ask questions pertaining to that major. For example, if the chosen path is veterinary medicine, ask questions about minimum GPA required for entry. You may also want to ask about graduation success rates, and how soon after graduation one should be able to find a job. Make a list of everything you want to know before you go, that way you won't forget to ask anything important.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | about 4 years ago
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You should ask the admissions department what are the requirements to apply. Then ask about what the required documents are needed and the deadlines. Ask about financial aid and the different types of scholarships and grants that you may be eligible for. Ask about the cost of tuition and housing and if there is any way to lower the prices.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | about 4 years ago
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Ask about the things you want to know of course! If you will be staying on campus, ask questions about dorm life. Ask where people hang out on weekends. If you arent, ask about commuting things. Ask if there is a parking fee. Ask if traffic in the area is bad usually. Ask if there is somewhere to sit down between classes and do homework. The questions will come to you! Think about your role in the fall and what you will be doing.

Answered by: Allgrowdup O. | about 4 years ago
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When you visit a school, you should ask the admissions department questions that relate to both your short-term and long-term goals. Questions like, "How much financial aid is available to me?", "What kind of security is implemented to keep students safe?", "What kind of classes are available?", and "What are the highlights of your campus?" will help you with your short-term planning (how interested you are in attending this school), while questions like, "Does your school offer any work-study courses?", "Are there any programs/classes that are going to be discontinued/newly-created soon?", and "What percentage of your graduates find work placement soon after graduating?" will help you with your long-term goals.

Answered by: Jro81 C. | about 4 years ago
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One of the things you can ask the admission department is to ask what are some of the requirements in order to get accepted to the school. I would also ask about scholarship opportunities as well as if they offer a career center or job boards available online or a center that have listing easily available. I would also ask about organizations that run at the college and all of the activities that are available at the school.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | about 4 years ago
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If the student has a certain career path already picked out, ask questions pertaining to that major. For example, if the chosen path is veterinary medicine, ask questions about minimum GPA required for entry. You may also want to ask about graduation success rates, and how soon after graduation one should be able to find a job. Make a list of everything you want to know before you go, that way you won't forget to ask anything important.

Answered by: Molae06 Q. | about 4 years ago
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You may want to ask about on campus and off campus living arrangements that the school might offer. You may also want to ask about parking passes and policies. Other things most people want to know are things such as cafeteria hours and library hours. If you plan to live on campus, you may want to find out about campus security, visiting hours and if there is a curfew. Things such as bookstore return policies and class add and drop procedures may also be of interest to you.

Answered by: Ms. Tmp J. | over 4 years ago
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