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15 Big Questions To Ask On a College Visit

Choosing a college is a big decision, and it isn’t always easy. There are so many different factors to consider, especially if you’re a first-generation college student, taking classes part-time, or participating in an apprenticeship program. Scheduling a college visit and touring the campus is a great way to help you narrow down your choices. After all, you can’t really gauge how well a school fits your lifestyle, interests, and work schedule unless you check it out yourself. It’s helpful to have a couple of questions to ask on a college visit already prepared, just in case your tour guide doesn’t cover them.


If you’re thinking about applying to a particular college or university, you should schedule a tour of the campus before officially applying. This is also a good opportunity to check in with the admissions department should you like what you see and want to apply. These questions can help clear up any uncertainties you have:

1. Are there admissions interviews and, if so, who will they be conducted by?
2. What scholarship options are available?
3. Are apprenticeship program students accepted?


Many students have at least a general idea of what major, minor, or certification they want to pursue when they start their college search. Even if you don’t quite have that figured out, it’s still important to know what programs are offered, if there are areas of study the school is known for, and how programs are run. Other factors like learning style and program flexibility are also really important.

4. What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
5. What programs is the college known for?
6. Are classes more hands-on or lecture-focused?
7. Are tutoring and support services available?
8. How do certificate programs differ from degree programs?
9. What academic options are available for apprenticeship program students?

Student Life

While college is primarily for learning skills to prepare you for a future career, it’s also a time to meet new people, form friendships, and make lasting memories. We’ve seen these connections happen at Villa; we know just how important a positive experience outside of the classroom is to students. We also know that factors like diversity and inclusion are critical to creating a welcoming environment that every student deserves to have. Asking about campus extracurriculars and culture may be what cements your college choice.

10. How diverse is the campus?
11. What kind of events does the campus host?
12. What kind of clubs are available for students to join?
13. Are there community spaces available for campus activities?
14. Where do students live on campus? If they don’t, what are the off-campus accommodations like?
15. What’s the best way for students to make friends on campus?