Questions To Ask the College Admissions Department: Part 2

Recently we published a series of questions families should think to ask college admissions departments… before making any big school-related decisions.

In response, our readers followed up with some more great questions, which we’ve answered in today’s College Made Simple.

Remember, knowing what questions to ask is half the battle.

– Scott

Questions You Should Always Ask the College Admissions Department, Part II

11 – Is tutoring readily available for students that may need it? Is there a writing center to help students with papers?

No one ever said college was easy. Even the brightest of students may struggle in certain areas, and it is reassuring to know that, if your child has any trouble, there are resources available to keep them from falling behind.

You are paying a lot of money for that degree, and tutoring services can help guarantee that your investment will pay off.

12 – Are there any major departmental or curricular changes in the works for the next four years? Are there plans to add any new programs?

It’s not uncommon, for example, for a school to offer a program that is only currently available as a minor… yet planning to add that program as a full major in the coming year or two.

Because your child will most likely be at that school for at least the next four years, it is important to be able to plan ahead and be aware of any major changes or overhauls planned during his or her tenure there.

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13 – Is there student employment available on campus?

If your budget is tight, or you want your child to provide his or her own pocket cash, the availability of student employment could be an important factor.

At many schools, you’ll find there are part-time, hourly jobs available at the library, admissions office, and dining hall, for example… any of which can could help ease your financial burden.

14 – Are there research opportunities available for students with the faculty? In which programs?

Imagine helping to study the effects of a particular chemical on cancer cells, or how certain groups of aquatic mammals socialize. Doing original research with a faculty member is an excellent way to gain valuable experience and give a major boost to your resume.

This path isn’t for everyone, but if your child can hack it then they should seek out all the research opportunities they can find. The admissions department is the first place to check on these leads.

15 – What housing options are available on campus? Is on-campus housing guaranteed for all four years?

Because the college your child chooses will be their new home for the forseeable future, ask if they will be perfectly happy living in a dorm, or if they’d prefer living in an on-campus apartment. If so, how will they get around campus?

Keep in mind, not every school guarantees on-campus housing… so you may need to prepare to find nearby apartments or rooms for rent.

Be sure to know what your options are ahead of time so you don’t get left out in the cold.

Remember, asking questions like these at the admissions office is the best way to find out everything you want to know about a school… so you can make informed decisions about your child’s college career.

And don’t forget, there are no stupid questions. If you aren’t sure about something, always ask!

To your college admissions and funding success,

Scott Weingold

Co-Founder, College Planning Network LLC
Publisher, CollegeMadeSimple.com – The free educational resource of College Planning Network

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Editor's Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked the #1 “College Financial Aid Expert Worth Knowing About” in the entire country by CollegeStats.org.  He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple" which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

Scott is the co-founder and a principal of the widely renown College Planning Network, LLC – the nation’s largest and most reputable college admissions and financial aid planning firm. CPN is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of College Funding Advisors, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Scott, along with his college funding advisory team, helps thousands of families throughout the country with their college planning needs and offers a series of free educational webinars and workshops on “How To Pay For College Without Going Broke In The Process!” He's been featured or mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News, TheStreet.com, Voice America with Ron Adams, Crains Cleveland Business, and on Cleveland Connection with James McIntyre.  Scott has published numerous articles and is a professional speaker who has addressed thousands of audiences online and offline throughout the United States.  His actionable insights and candid, open approach have earned him & his team numerous media interviews, citations, and speaking opportunities, and his free online video workshop is one of the Internet’s most widely viewed pieces in the college funding space.