Here’s a list of questions to ask when you begin researching colleges.
- What kind of paperwork do I have to send in with my application?
- Do SAT scores count heavily toward my admission?
- Does my high school GPA count heavily toward my admission?
- If I have documentation of a disability, should I send that with my application? Should I send my IEP?
- What is the cost for room and board?
- Are there college-based sources for scholarships and other financial aid? How can I apply?
- Are used books available?
- Are jobs available on campus? Work-study? Non work-study?
Housing & Security
- Do first year students have a separate dormitory?
- Will I share a room? What are the different housing options? May I see examples of the different options?
- Are the dormitories secured against intruders?
- Is campus security staffed with professionals?
- What is the incidence of campus crime? (Break-ins, physical violence, drug/alcohol abuse, etc.)
- Are these incidences handled by campus security or are outside agencies involved?
- Does the college have my intended major?
- Will I have an advisor?
- When will I meet my advisor?
- When can I register for classes?
- Can I sit in on a class?
- If I have a disability, who should I contact and what are the accommodation policies?
Places you should know:
- Financial Aid
- Career Services
- Academic Support Services
- Wellness Center (infirmary, counselors)
- Mail Room
- Campus Book Store
- Student Life
People you should meet:
- Admissions Counselor
- Dean of Student Life
- Financial Aid Director
- Director of Academic Support
- Department Chair or Dean (of the area you are intending to major in)
- Resident Assistant
- Coach (if you are an athlete)