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Best of College Prep Genius: Must Know College Checklist

November 01, 2019

Best of College Prep Genius - Must Know College Checklist with Jean Burke
When you are ready to visit a college do you know what to look for?  Here is the must know college checklist of important information to find the very best college for your child.

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Must Know College Checklist Show Notes

* Visit top two schools,
* Ask yourself questions; Am I comfortable walking around? Can I be friends with these people?
* Make a checklist to compare colleges
* Apply to 5-6 schools, safe schools, reach schools, and dream schools

Links we disucssed:

* Data Base of Accredited Colleges:


* Remember there is no perfect college

* Check the school website for visit dates
* Contact admissions counselor for personal date
* Go on a weekday to get a feel for the campus
* Try to schedule an interview while you are there
* Ask if the school offers reimbursement for travel fees
* Make travel arrangements as soon as you can
* Arrange for an excused absence to take college visits
* Try to talk to the dean or professors
* Sit in on one or more classes
* Take a tour of the campus
* Visit the bookstore student center or library
* Spend the night in a dorm to get a feel for the housing
* Eat in the cafeteria to see if you like it
* Meet with the admissions counselor face to face
* Wander around the campus by yourself
* Talk to students at the college and ask about their experience
* Visit around the school to get a feel of the area

Questions to Ask Academic Advisor -

* What is the average class size for the freshman
* How many of those students returned the following year
* What makes this college program special
* How easy is it to switch majors
* How does the school help the student adjust to college life
* Is there Greek life or social groups at this school
* Is the Greek System important to this school
* What organizations are the school partnered with
* What does the tuition cover
* Are there hidden fees
* Work study jobs
* How safe is the campus
* What does the housing scene look life
* Are freshman allowed to live off campus
* Are freshman allowed to have their own car
* Campus parking situation
* Does the school offer campus wide tutoring
* How big is the average class size

Things to ask the students at the college

* Thing they like most about the college
* The worst thing about this college
* Why did they pick this college
* Would you pick this school again if you had the chance
* If I need help how acceptable are the professors here
* Are the professors down to earth
* What do you like about your department
* Do you like the professors
* Are the professors teaching the classes themselves or is it done by a TA
* How diverse is the student body
* How is the cafeteria
* What do you do for fun here
* How close are the shopping center