By: Kate Kane
As we work through the final months of high school, everyone is starting to look ahead to what comes after graduation. For most people this includes selecting a college. I am currently in my senior year of high school so I have already gone to visit a couple of colleges and have another campus tour planned for next week. Although meeting the standards of the school is very important, you also have to make sure the school meets your standards and requirements. The best way to find out which school is for you is to ask lots and lots of questions.
Normally after the tour is over you have the option to meet with the college’s admissions counselor. I highly suggest that you take the time to meet with them! Not only do you find out about scholarships and financial aid, but you also have a chance to ask them any questions you might have about the school, the area, the students, etc.
A couple of important questions that you should ask are: What percentage of the schools budget goes towards scholarships? Are there any internships available for my major? If so, what percentage of students are able to participate in these internships? If I were to go to a community college before attending this school (community colleges are waaaaay cheaper) would my classes be transferable? If I don’t have a car is there any kind of transportation (buses, car pools etc.) available to me? What are the rules at this school when it comes to dating (PDA, dorm visiting hours etc.)? Are the dorms co-ed; do girls and guys share the same building or are there separate dorms for both? How many students go on to get jobs in their field of choice? Are students able to work part time while attending? If so, what are the chances of working a job on campus? What do those jobs pay?
I’m sure you have a ton of other questions that you will want to ask, just make sure to write them down and be prepared. Doing so will help you find the perfect school. Don’t try to fit the college, find a college that will fit you! Good luck!!!