Questions to ask at a College Fair

What type of institution is this?


  • Liberal Arts focus? Business? Technology?
  • Two year or four year?
  • State controlled, privately endowed, or church related?
  • Coeducational, all men, or all women?
  • How many students? how many undergraduates?  Ratio of men to women?
  • Rural, urban, suburban?


How much does it cost?


  • What are the estimated total costs per year? (tuition, room and board, fees, books, transportation, personal expenses)
  • How much does it cost if you do not live in the dormitories or eat in the dining halls?
  • Are there part time jobs available either on campus or locally?
  • Is there a co-op plan offered?



What is your financial aid program like?


  • How many students receive financial aid and what is the average award?
  • Is financial aid guaranteed throughout attendance?
  • Are there academic, athletic or other talent scholarships available?
  • What is the deadline for applying for financial aid?
  • What forms are required?




What academic opportunities do you offer?


  • What majors are available?
  • Can I have a major and a minor, a dual major, or an interdisciplinary major?
  • Do you have exchange programs or study abroad opportunities?
  • What is the faculty-student ratio?
  • Is academic advising available?  (Does the advising system involve faculty or is there a central advising staff?)
  • What is the level of your faculty’s credentials and experience?  (i.e., percentage holding doctoral degrees; numbers involved in research)
  • Do you have a learning center or tutorial program?


What is the Admissions Committee looking for?


  • What is emphasized when looking at applications?
  • What tests must I take to apply?  (SAT I, SAT II or ACT)
  • Is an interview required or recommended?
  • What can I do during my high school years to enhance my chances for admission to your institution?
  • What is the academic profile of students generally accepted to your institution?
  • What is your deadline for application?


How do you help your students prepare for careers?


  • Do you provide opportunities for specialized training?
  • What kinds of career counseling services are available?
  • How well does your school do in placing graduates in jobs as well as in graduate and professional schools?
  • Are internships, cooperative work arrangements, and independent study opportunities readily available to students?
  • Does your institution offer ROTC programs?


What non-academic opportunities are available?


  • What on-campus clubs and organizations are offered?
  • What does your athletic program consist of?
  • What cultural opportunities are available on campus?
  • Are there fraternities and sororities?
  • What do students do on the weekend?
  • What does the surrounding community offer to students?
  • What health and counseling services are available?