What to ask when visiting colleges December 1, 2015

Ian Welham on what to ask when visiting colleges.


When I go on college tours, here are some of the questions I typically hear asked:

Where is the rock-climbing wall?

What percentage of freshmen students gets basketball tickets?

Do you have Chipotle?

When is Spring Break?

Gloria Cordes Larson is the president of Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Here are some questions she recommends you ask:

At what point will your school offer me career planning programs and services?

What percentage of students completes an internship (or two), and when can I expect to participate in my first one? Are they financed?

What are some examples of the places recent alumni have gone to work or graduate school?

Will I have the opportunity to study abroad? Where does your school have strong global partnerships?

How does this school partner with professionals working in the marketplace?

Does your school offer service-learning programs? Can I put these credits toward my degree?

In an interview with the New York Times, President Cordes Larson said this: “What is most important is that you feel prepared after your college years to build a fulfilling career and meaningful life.”

I couldn’t agree more.


Ian “The Professor” Welham
Certified College Funding Advisor
(973) 467-0101

This post was written by admin on December 1, 2015
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