What did you ask at the college information session and/or tour and what do you wish you would have asked that helped you/your son (or daughter) later on? Any watch outs? We're going to our first next weekend as part of an UV and want to be sure we're prepared so we're not kicking ourselves that we didn't think of that when we had the opportunity. I'm thinking beyond campus size, location, majors, cost. Appreciate any insights from those of you who've gone through it.
Advice that was givin to me that's worked pretty well. Make a list of all the questions you would want to know the answeres to. Then go to the schools web site and research them. Most questions can be answered this way. Then make a list of the questions you couldn't find answers to and ask those. For example do they super score the ACT or do they prefer the ACT or SAT. I can never seem to find those on the web site so those have to be asked.
I wouldn't worry about it too much. Between our 2 kids we visited quite a few colleges and I can only recall one question ever at an info session that elicited information that wasn't readily available online or given at the session. (It was a question about the numerical odds of CA kids getting into UVA.) To me the student tour guides were more important information sources than the admissions officers. Did they seem to genuinely like their school? Why did they choose to go there? Did they...
For a student-athlete, I would recommend finding out about academic support resources/tutors, etc., especially for when they are on the road. This information may come more from the coaching staff than admissions.
Realize what the general tours are: led by vivacious students who are tasked with selling the school. Just like any salesperson. I have been on tours where a "typical" dorm room was the on the tour; at S's school, if a "typical" dorm room had been shown, most would have gone to another school. So, the question is how to extract decent unbiased unvarnished info. If, for example, your tour guide is an athlete, snuggle up to the front and just make "friends" asking about his/her typical day,...
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