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Advice for campus visits: What to ask professors

Posted By Katie Cooney Lesko | June 10, 2015

One of the absolute best things you can do during the whole deciding-where-to-go-to-college process is visit campuses. What you see on a website just doesn't compare to the real thing, and walking around a campus in person may be all you need to make that short list of schools you're interested in. In fact, so many students have told us that their campus tour was when they first realized Siena was right for them. 

Ask a professorSo, for the next few months, we'll be dishing out our best advice for you to keep in mind on your visits. Starting with: what to ask professors should you get the chance to meet faculty.

The idea of interacting with professors while you're still in high school may be intimidating, but if you're given the opportunity to chat with at least one on your campus visit, whether they teach something you're interested in or not, take it!

Here are a few questions you can ask them to make the most of your conversation and learn more about the college.

√ Why did you choose to teach here?

What are your favorite courses to teach?

√ Can you tell me the biggest strengths of your program or department?

√ What are some reasons why students choose to study [insert their field] here?

√ Is there anything you're looking to change about your program in the next few years?

√ What types of students have you seen really thrive in your courses?

√ What resources are available for students who may want a little extra guidance or help with an assignment?

√ What are some things you look forward to during the school year? Maybe some traditions or annual events?

The responses you receive will not only shed light on the faculty you'd be learning from, but you'll also glean more insights into the college, the academics and the kinds of students who do well there. So absolutely take up any Admissions committee's offer to introduce you to its professors—it's well worth it. Just remember: firm handshake, be confident and enjoy the conversation!

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