Questions to “Interview” your Potential College

As you begin your college search, you’ll find that there are thousands of colleges, and they’re all remarkably different! You’ll likely find many that could be a good fit, but narrowing them down to the few you’ll actually apply to can be difficult.

Imagine that you’re interviewing your future school for the position of providing you with the best education and college experience possible. The following is a list of questions to “ask” your future school.


Is this a two or four year institution?

Is this a large school or a small school?

What is the average number of people per class at this school?

Is this college in a suburban, urban, or rural environment?

What does the surrounding community have to offer?

What is there to do for fun?

Is this a public or private school?

Is this a same-sex or co-ed school?

Does this school have a religious affiliation?

How much does this school cost?

Does this institution offer scholarships and other financial aid programs?

How far is this school from home?

Is this school in-state or out of state?

What majors does this college offer?

What makes pursuing my major at this school different than another school?

Is this school able to give me a good education?

What benefits does this school have to offer?

What are the meal plans and food like?

Does this school offer extra-curricular activities I’m interested in?

Does this school offer a particular sport I want to play?

Does this school have a sorority, fraternity, or national honor society I want to be a part of?

What are the acceptance rates for this school?

Do I meet the acceptance criteria for this school?

Does this college offer study abroad programs?

How do students get around at this school?

Am I allowed to have a car at school?

What is the transfer rate for this school?

What is the drop out rate for this school?

What percentage of students who attend this college graduate in four years?

What are the students like at this college?

How diverse is this college?

Does this school have enough computer labs, a big library, a pool or a gym?

How many of my high school classmates plan on attending this college?

Will I live on or off campus?

How safe is the college and surrounding community?

What is living on campus like at this college?

How many people share a dorm room at this school?

How many people share a bathroom in the dorms?

Are the residence halls co-ed?

What is this school known for?

Do I like how the school looks?

Is this school up to date on their technology and equipment?

What have the professors in my field of study accomplished?

Could I feel at home here?


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