When you’re getting ready for your college interview, make sure you’re prepared. At this point, you have probably already taken a tour of the university/college. Make a list of questions ahead of time to ask the interviewer. This helps you obtain more information about the school, and it shows the interviewer that you’re interested in the college/university.
Your list should include relevant questions about the school and the education you’ll receive there. Use this guide to prepare questions for your college interview.
1. Ask about the school. Demonstrate interest in the school to show that you care about the institution and your education.
• Why would you recommend this school?
• What are the most common majors? Why?
• Are there any areas you feel the school could improve on?
• How does this school compare to other public or private colleges?
2. Ask about student life. You’re going to spend the next four years of your life there, so find out answers to your questions ahead of time.
• How many freshmen do you expect this year?
• What activities are available for students to get to know each other?
• How would you describe student life at this school?
3. Ask about activities. Learn about the extracurriculars available at the school.
• Are there sports, arts or other activities on campus that interest you?
• Are internships or co-ops required?
4. Finish with a question about you. When the interview is almost complete, ask the interviewer if there is anything else he would like to know about you. This will allow the interviewer to make a more informed decision about your acceptance and leave him with a positive impression.
What not to ask
• Personal questions. Ask questions to learn more about the school itself. Do not ask questions specifically about the interviewer, as they may be perceived as offensive.
• Questions you should already know. Do not ask questions that can be found in the school’s calendar or admissions information or you may have learned on a college/university tour. You will look unprepared.
After researching the college, draft your own list of questions. Asking questions will help you leave a better impression, which may increase your chances of admission.
Ross Blankenship is an admissions analyst and admissions counselor. He is also an author and co-founder of Miro Advantage and TopTestPrep.com, test prep and admissions.