Applying To College

College Essay Writing and Interview Skills


5 Questions to Ask Students on Your College Visit

Ask questions on college visits. Don’t just talk to adults — ask the students who go there.


Campus Tour at Cornell

Campus Tour at Cornell

1. You’re going to choose where you’ll spend the next four years of your life. It’s an important decision. Don’t choose a college because you “think you should go there” – choose it because you see yourself living – and thriving – there.

2. Many colleges require a “Why Do You Want to Go To Our School” essay when you apply. This is an important essay – one that could even determine if you get in. Ask good questions on your visit and you’ll be able to write an impressive answer when you apply.

USA TODAY College just published 5 Questions to Ask Current Students on Your College Visit. Check it out. The questions include asking about the best professors, what you can do in town, who to get to know, and what things to avoid. I’m sure you can think of a few of your own.

When you visit, find current students and ask questions. If you can see yourself becoming one of those students, it might just be the school for you.

related links:
“Why This College”: What Schools Want
5 Steps to a Great “Why This College” Essay

Part 3: “Why This College?” Essay Examples

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