Many of the most common questions people ask on college visits can be answered by looking at the school website or its Common Data Set questionnaire*.
* To find the Common Data Set online, search for the term on the school’s website, or enter the school name and “Common Data Set” in your browser search bar.
Research the answers to these questions to help you narrow down college choices.
- What are the requirements for admission?
- What other factors, like being a first-generation or legacy student, affect admission?
- Are students typically accepted through early admission or off a waitlist?
- Is a gap year allowed between admission and enrolling?
- How many undergraduate students and graduate students are on campus?
- What is the student-faculty ratio?
- How many students are in the average class?
- How many students graduate in four years, five years and six years?
- What is the student retention rate?
- What is the average debt for students?
- What is the percentage of financial need met by the school?
- What percentage of students receive financial aid?
- How much of awarded financial aid is scholarships and grants, and how much is loans?
- How many students are in fraternities and sororities?
- What activities and clubs are available?
- How many students study abroad?
- Is there an honors college or program, and what are its requirements?
- Does the school offer living/learning communities, and how do those work?
- What additional services, including tutoring, academic advising, health, mental health and career, are available to students?
- What are the crime rates and types for the campus and the surrounding community?
- What do students and families say about this school on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Reddit?
- How do professors in my major score on ratemyprofessor.com and other educator rating sites?
See a list of questions to ask during college visits instead.