So, you’re getting ready to visit some colleges, but you’re not quite sure what to do when you get there? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

The key is to not be shy. This is your chance to get much need information about the college admission process so you can make an informed decision when choosing where you’re going to spend the next four years of your life.

Questions to ask an admissions counselor:

  1. What percentage of students graduate in four years?
  2. Do students apply to the school, or to a particular major?
  3. When do students need to declare a major?
  4. Do you require an audition or portfolio as part of the admissions process if you want to be a theater or music major?
  5. Do all majors have the chance to have internships and are they a common part of the educational experience?
  6. Is there support to help students find an internship?
  7. When do students typically start using the career center?
  8. Can you tell me about the services the career center offers?
  9. Does your college or university have a study abroad program and what percent of students actually study abroad?
  10. Can students study abroad on another school’s program?
  11. How easy is it to fit a study abroad program in and still graduate in four years?
  12. Are professors required to have regular office hours for students?
  13. What is the average class size?
  14. What are some examples of clubs and activities available to students?
  15. Are there academic support services on campus such as tutoring and writing centers?

Keep Detailed Contact Information

Get the business card of the person who gave your information session as well as the name and contact information of the admissions representative who will work with your application so that you can be in touch with them. Also get the name and contact person in the department of your intended major if you know what you want to study so that you can ask questions during the application process.

The more you know, the easier it will be to make your decision. And remember, there’s no such thing as a dumb question, so ask away! Chances are the person next to you has the same question but was afraid to ask.