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ENSURE A SUCCESSFUL CAMPUS VISIT
- by Robert G. McLendon
 
Making the Appointment
 
  • Make your appointment to visit a campus by telephone or e-mail.  (You can find out immediately if you need to pick an alternate date.)
  • Try to schedule your visit when college classes are in session.
  • Plan for a minimum half a day visit.
  • Ask for travel directions and parking assignments.
  • Request that a campus map, catalog, and student newspaper be mailed to you.
  • Ask for an appointment to speak with someone in your special interest areas during your campus visit.
  • Make an appointment to talk with the financial aid administrator. 
  • You can also request to visit with a professor, attend a class, and stay overnight in a college dorm.

 Prepare Yourself

  • List questions to ask and places you want to see.
  • Talk with your guidance counselor for more suggestions on how to prepare.
  • Ask for the names of students from your high school enrolled at the college(s) you plan to visit.
  • Read the catalog, visit the web site, and review other college materials before you visit.

 The Visit

  • If your tour guide is a student, ask “What attracted you to this college?”
  • Take notes during your campus visit and tour.
  • Write down the name and address of your tour guide and other people you meet.
  • Make sure the housing you see is typical freshman housing.
  • Check out information on the campus bulletin boards.
  • Ask for campus crime statistics and about the type of security system on campus.
  • Have a meal on campus.
 Don’t be bashful, ask a lot of questions, college is expensive and you are the customer.  Relax and have a good time.      
 

TOUGH QUESTIONS TO ASK ANY ADMISSIONS OFFICER

by Robert G. McLendon 

As a college admissions officer for more years than I care to admit, it is clear to me:  today’s prospective students are carefully comparing colleges and striving to learn all they can about the colleges to which they apply.  The age group of 18 to 24 year olds has declined in the United States, and this is creating a type of “buyer’s market” in the market place of higher education. 

To assure yourself that your expectations of a college are met, you, the student consumer, need not hesitate to ask admissions officers some “tough questions.”  Here are a few suggestions of tough questions that could help you make the right choice when selecting a college. 

Academic Questions  

  1. How many students in last year’s freshman class returned for their sophomore year?
  2. What percent of the freshman class obtained a 2.00 (C) average or above last year?
  3. If accepted, will you tell me my predicted freshman grade point average?  Many colleges use a mathematical formula based on studies of currently enrolled students to predict an applicant’s freshman grade point average.
  4. What is the college’s procedure for class placement?  This is especially important in the areas of English and mathematics because freshmen often vary significantly in their ability to handle these important academic skills.
  5. What procedure is used to assign a faculty advisor?  This is especially important if the student is undecided as to their major area of study.
  6. What type of additional academic services does your college offer at no additional cost to the student (e.g., tutoring, career or personal counseling, study-skill workshops, improving reading speed, etc.)?
  7. How effective is your college’s honor code?  What is the penalty for cheating?
  8. How accessible is your computer lab to freshmen?  Do students need to bring their own computers?

 Social Questions 

  1. What is the average age of your student body and what percent resides on campus?  Many colleges today have a large and increasing population of commuting part-time adult students.
  2. Is your college a “suitcase college” on the weekends?  If not, what are some typical weekend activities for students on your campus?
  3. What procedure is used to select roommates if no preference is listed?
  4. What are some of the causes of students being suspended or dismissed from your college?  Is there a system of appeal for those who have been dismissed?
  5. How can a prospective student arrange a campus visit?  Can a prospective student stay overnight on campus?  Clearly the best possible way to evaluate a college socially is to plan a visit to the campus.  When you visit, try not to be shy.  After your talk and tour with the admissions officer, walk around by yourself and informally ask students their opinions.  A good place to chat with students is in the college’s student center or at the dining hall.
  6. What are some of the rules and regulations that govern residence hall life?  Are there coeducational residence halls?
  7. What is the college’s policy concerning alcohol on campus?
  8. Ask for statistics on the crime rate on campus.  Colleges are required to have this information available to the public.  Also ask about the crime rate in the community surrounding the college?
Financial Questions
 
  1. What percent of your students received financial aid based on financial need?
  2. What percent of your students received scholarships based on academic ability?
  3. What percent of typical financial aid offer is in the form of a loan?
  4. How much did your college increase cost (room, board, tuition, and fees) from last year to current year?
  5. If an accepted student must submit a room deposit, when is the deposit due, and when is it refundable?  The deposit should be refundable in full up to May 1, if the college or university is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors.
  6. If my family demonstrates a financial need on the federal financial aid forms, what percent of the established need will typically be awarded?  When can I expect to receive an official financial aid award letter?

Knowing what questions to ask an admissions officer is an important part of the decision-making process.  Most admissions officers want you to ask “tough questions” because if you make the wrong choice we, too, have failed in our job.

            Robert G. McLendon is Vice President and Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at Brevard College, Brevard, North Carolina.

 

 
EXCUSED ABSENCES FOR COLLEGE VISITS
  • Try to schedule college visits during school in-service days or other days when students will not have to miss class.
  • Written verification from the college must be turned in to the attendance office for a college visit absence to be excused.

Juniors – two excused day for college visits.

Seniors – three excused days for college visits.
 
 

 

COMMON ADMISSION DECISION DEFINITIONS YOU WILL WANT TO KNOW

Early Decision requires you to commit to a college or university at the time of application that, if admitted, you will enroll.  You should apply under an Early Decision plan only if you know that you can make a well-reasoned, first-choice decision.  Upon admission the institution will require a nonrefundable deposit well before May 1.  You may apply to other colleges but may have only one Early Decision application pending at any time.  Colleges will respond to requests for financial aid at or near the time admission is offered.  If admitted, you must enroll unless the financial aid award is inadequate. 

Early Action permits you to apply to a college or university of your choice and receive a decision early in the senior year, well in advance of the normal spring response dates.  Though you will hear early regarding your admission, you are not committed to attend and you may apply to other colleges.  If you are applying for financial aid you will follow the aid application deadlines set by the institution.  You are not required to make a commitment before May 1, but you are encouraged to do so as soon as a final choice is made.  

Regular Decision is a plan in which institutions review most of their applications before notifying the majority of candidates of their admission.  In this process, colleges set a deadline for completing applications and will respond to completed applications by a specified date.  If you are applying for financial aid you will follow aid application deadlines set by the school.  You may apply to other colleges.  You will not be required to make a decision regarding enrolling before May 1. 

Rolling Admission is a term used to describe the application process in which an institution reviews applications as they are received and offers decisions to students soon after they are made.  If you are applying for financial aid you will follow aid application deadlines set by the school.  You may apply to other colleges and you will not be required to make a decision regarding enrolling before May 1. 

Wait List is a term used by institutions to describe a process in which they may initially delay offering or deny you admission, but rather extends to you the possibility of admission in the future.  Colleges offer admission to wait list candidates if insufficient numbers of regularly admitted candidates accept their offers of admission.  Please refer to the Statement of Students Rights and Responsibilities for the rights which you are assured if placed on a wait list. 

IDENTIFY IMPORTANT FACTORS IN CHOOSING A COLLEGE 

In choosing a college, a first consideration is likely to be the type of academic program and the availability of the major – or majors – in which the student is most interested.  How he or she ranks other factors will depend largely on personal preferences and needs. 

Factors to consider in choosing a college: 
 

LOCATION FINANCIAL AID
distance from home deadline(s)
  required forms
ENVIRONMENT % receiving aid
type of school (2 yr. or 4 yr.) scholarships
school setting (urban, rural) part-time employment opportunities
location & size of nearest city  
co-ed, male, female HOUSING
  residence hall requirements
SIZE availability
Enrollment types and sizes
physical size of campus  
  ACTIVITIES
FACILITIES clubs, organizations
academic sororities/fraternities
recreational athletics, intramurals
other  
  CAMPUS VISITS
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS when to visit
deadline(s) special opportunities
tests required  
average test scores, GPA, rank COLLEGE EXPENSES
special requirements tuition, room & board
notification(s) estimated total budget
  application fee, deposits
ACADEMICS  
majors offered  
special requirements  
accreditation  
student-faculty ratio  
typical class size