College fairs provide an amazing opportunity to learn a lot about higher education. However, when attending, don’t just breeze through collecting pamphlets that you’ll likely end up tossing out. Instead, maximize your time by engaging with the college representatives. After all, they are there to provide insight and information.
Unsure of what to ask? Here are some questions to consider:
Do students go off campus frequently? Do they stick around on the weekends?
How difficult is it to get into the classes you want and/or need?
How easy is it to change your major? To double major? Or minor? Is it common for students to pursue these options?
Can you tell me a little bit about how academic advising works?
How popular are study abroad programs? What kind of travel opportunities exist?
What kind of support systems exist for students who might be struggling academically?
Do students have the opportunity to create their own majors?
What do you look for in your applicants?
Is applying early advantageous?
How easy is it to participate in research projects at your institution?
Do most students live on or off campus?
Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?
How prevalent is Greek life?
Are most classes taught by professors or Teaching Assistants?
What kinds of graduate programs do your alumni get into?
What’s the graduation rate at your school?
What kind of academic requirements does your school maintain?
Of course, these are just a smattering of questions you could potentially pose. Be sure to inquire about subjects and hobbies that interest you. Ask about the disciplines you’re considering. Make sure you’ll have the opportunity to pursue the extracurricular activities you desire (and perhaps discover new ones). After all, there’s no point in applying to a school if you won’t be able to follow your passions.