3 Must-Ask Questions On Campus Tours

If you are still undecided about which college or university to attend, going on an official campus tour may help you make a more confident, informed decision.

Campus tours are set up through the university and usually have two components: information session and campus walking tour.

The information session provides info about admission standards, how to apply, unique facts about the university and what to do you once you are accepted, etc.

Current students usually lead the campus walking tour. The tour covers areas with major landmarks, popular hangouts on campus and the aesthetically pleasing areas of campus.

The most important part of this tour can be the walk around campus, instead of the information session. The info given on the tour can be more valuable than the info session because most of that info can be found online anyway.

When you have a current student at your disposal to answer questions, it behooves you to take advantage of this. Before going on your campus tour, plan out a few unique questions or pressing questions you have to ask the student instead of the admissions coordinator. You will get a better perspective and likely more honest answer by asking a student your questions.

Here are three questions you want to make sure you cover during your tour:

  • 1.    What is your favorite part about going to school here? Asking this question will give you unique answers because every individual can answer this differently. The answer to this question will reveal what there is to look forward to about going to college at a given institution. Some people might talk about their favorite professors, classes, and hangouts on campus or friends they have met. When you ask people what their favorite part about something is, you are sure to get a positive response and people gushing about the subject. This can give you a good, well-rounded picture of what a particular institution is like.
  • 2.    What do you not like about going to school here? If you want a truly unbiased perspective about a college, you have to get both sides of the story. Asking what people don’t like about a university will potentially give you a more realistic view of what life is like on a certain campus. What is it like when professors don’t speak English? Or what is it like going to school with 50,000 other students? You will likely get responses related to these questions when asking what students don’t like about their school
  • 3.    What is there to do for fun around campus? This is a question you usually can’t get answered unless you ask a student. During information sessions, there is a lot of talk about academics, tradition and career preparation, but not many adult admissions officers have advice to offer about the surrounding environment of campus. Before you go to a school, you want to research the whole environment you will be immersing yourself in. What bars are cool student hangouts? Is the city a safe area? What restaurants and shops are near by? Where are cheap places to find entertainment? You can likely receive answers to all of these questions by asking what there is to do for fun in an area.

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Madeline Fetchiet is a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying journalism and philosophy of law. Aside from reporting, Madeline enjoys tae kwon do, reading, writing, researching and traveling, and can be considered a music enthusiast. Madeline currently works as an intern for thecollegehelper.com, and is a banquet server at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, MI. Perfecting the storytelling side of reporting is something she looks forward to in her future career as a journalist.
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3 Responses to “3 Must-Ask Questions On Campus Tours”

  • lisette strong on August 25, 2012

    Hi:
    I am just entering my junior year in high school. Last year I did not do my best work and consequently my GPA went down. I currently have a 3.0 unweighted & a 3.5 weighted GPA. I really want to apply to B.U., but am afraid I won’t get in. I am interested in their Graphic Design program. I am currently a graphics major at an art magnet school with a pretty strong portfolio. If I really work hard this year, do you think I can get in?

    • TheCollegeHelper

      TheCollegeHelper on August 30, 2012

      Hi Lisette,

      Thanks for visiting our site!

      Based on what you’ve told me, I think you have a shot – assuming you do well on the ACT or SAT exam. The average GPA of recently admitted students is a 3.5 and below are the average test scores:

      SAT Critical Reading 570-670
      SAT Math 610-700
      SAT Writing 600-680
      ACT Composite 26-30

      Also, here are the portfolio requirements: http://www.bu.edu/cfa/visual-arts/prospective/apply/portfolio/

      I’d say that this is probably a target (borderline reach) school for you. I’d definitely encourage you to apply to other programs in case you aren’t successful here.

      Best of luck!

      • lisette strong on September 4, 2012

        Thanks!
        I am pretty worried as there are so many web articles that tell you that weighted GPA’s don’t really count, only unweighted, and a 3.0 unweighted isn’t so terrific.

        I attend the #15 overall best public high school in the US & it’s #2 magnet program in the country. Very strong academics as well as art specialty programs in design & architecture.

        Does having something special, like a specialty in graphic arts matter to schools like BU, Carnegie Mellon & other large “regular” universities that have good art departments? I will have a good portfolio to present.

        I don’t want to attend an art school ( Pratt, RISDY, Parsons, etc ) I really want a medium/large university with plenty of diversity as well as a good art department where I can major in graphics. Any suggestions given my GPA? ( 3.0 unweighted / 3.5 weighted ) ?

        Thanks,
        Lisette

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