Questions to Ask on a Campus Tour
By Joe Emerson | Last Updated: Oct 3, 2018
Make those campus tours of your target colleges as beneficial as possible by doing the research necessary to answer these and other questions before you go. The knowledge you gather will help you craft a more relevant (to each school) list of questions to ask on a campus tour.
- What is the freshman retention rate?
- Is there a learning community or comparable academic support system for freshmen?
- What steps are taken to engage freshmen on a personal level and involve them in campus life?
- When do you have to declare a major?
- Is the major you want oversubscribed?
- Are academic options broad enough to accommodate a change of heart on majors?
Teachers and Numbers
- What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
- Is there an average or cap for introductory class sizes? Upper-division class sizes?
- How prevalent is the use of assistants, and are professors easily accessible?
Life on Campus
- What activities/entertainment does the campus offer?
- What types of on-campus housing are available?
- Are there adequate campus services, from clinics and gyms to study centers and dining facilities?
- Is there a mentoring program?
- Are there school resources for finding jobs on and off campus?
- Does the school have career and job-placement services?
The College Town
- Is the community student-friendly?
- Are affordable student rentals easy to find off campus?
- What are the community’s nightlife, culture, and entertainment offerings?
Download Your Free Guide to Questions to Ask on a Campus Tour Here
If you want to tour USF, go online to schedule one or take a virtual tour. For enrollment questions, the Office of Admissions has answers. Contact us online or by phone at 813-974-3350.
About Joe Emerson
Joe Emerson spent 30 years as a magazine and newspaper reporter, editor and copyeditor who turned to freelancing after 20 years with The Tampa Tribune, which closed in 2016 after 125 years of serving the Tampa Bay area. Writing and delivering valuable information remain his passion.