QUESTIONS FOR FACULTY
- What would you
change about the school if you could?
- What is your favorite
thing about working here? What happens to the graduates?
- What percentage
go on for advanced degrees? In what subject areas?
- What is the record
in graduate school acceptances?
- How interested
do the students seem in learning?
- Do they truly enjoy
learning or are they simply interested in doing well for the tests?
- What is the track
record at this college for student job placement?
- How is the school
- Does the college
take a healthy pride in itself, or is it so smugly sure of itself as
to be chauvinistic?
- Is this a safety
school for most students?
- How does this affect
morale? How utilized is the library?
- Are students really
- What do you enjoy
most about the students here?
- How do they compare
with students at other places you may have taught?
- How much emphasis
is there on publishing verses on teaching?
- Who teaches introductory
courses – professors or graduate students?
- What kind of services
are available when someone needs extra help?
- How effective is
the advising system? What departments are considered outstanding, weak,
- What is I am unsure
of my major?
- Is this a good
place to explore?
Carnegie Endowment team for the book, 'College', found in their
college visits that only 20% of the liberal arts college students
did not feel a sense of community in their school, verses 40% at
all institutions." - Loren Pope, College Placement Bureau
Visiting a college
is your chance to "test-drive" the merchandise. What happens
outside the admissions office, however, is just as important than
any organized tour or interview. Ask lots of questions. Talk with
as many students and staff as you can. Look at bulletin boards to
learn what is going on outside the classrooms. Is it interesting
to you? Get a sense of the school’s social life, academic climate
and where you might fit in.
- Call the Admissions Office
at least one week in advance to set up an appointment. Many
competitive schools book up months in advance. Plan ahead!
- Visit when
the school is in session. If possible, spend the night in a dorm.
You’ll get a
chance to think about what you have learned and to ask follow-up
- Go on an
organized group tour of the campus if possible. Ask the guide
other schools did he/she apply to? How did he/she choose this
school? Is it what he/she
expected? What would he change about it if he could?
- Meet with an admissions
counselor after your tour to ask questions and interview.
- Attend at least two classes:
a typical freshman class, especially a required or lecture style course and
an upper class course in your area of interest. Are students engaged? What
is the teaching style? Does the conversation continue after the class ends?
Do students linger after class to talk with the professor?
- Eat in the dining hall.
This is the place where you can get a feel for the "pulse" of a
place. What are
students talking about? Who is socializing with whom? Sit at a table
with six or eight students so that you get varied responses to your questions.
- Talk with current students
and faculty. What are their favorite/least favorite things about the college?
What would they like to change if they could? What kind of students seem happy
here? What is the balance of intellectual and social life?
- Visit the
bookstore. Ten minutes here will tell you a lot about the character
of a school.
Does it sell mostly beer glasses and ashtrays or does it offer
a wide range of
good books and classical music?
- Visit the newspaper,
radio station and student government offices. These people have their fingers
on the pulse of the place. What
do students and faculty care about
- Check out
the surrounding area and nearest town.