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Don't Choose the Wrong College; Ask these Five Questions Instead

Sep 2, 2008
Lots of families spend more time shopping for an automobile than selecting a college.

Even fairly inexperienced car buyers have a pretty good idea what questions to ask to determine whether or not a particular car is a good choice for them. However, not nearly as many people are confident they know what to ask to learn what they need to know about an individual college or university.

It is unfortunate that even if they have dozens of questions about a college, some families are reluctant to ask them because they are not certain they are appropriate.

Your questions are unlikely to be stupid or inappropriate. And, it's no big deal if they are. What would be a big deal would be making an awful college choice because of your fear of temporary embarrassment. Then you would have good reason to feel stupid. So, try these five questions...you have my guarantee they're intelligent...and add some of your own.

1. What are the characteristics of the students for whom your college is a good choice?

2. How would you describe the relationship between students? Between students and faculty?

3. How engaged are students in academics? In campus activities?

4. Do interested students have the opportunity to be involved in internships, cooperative education programs, overseas study, service to the community, and/or other special programs?

5. What percentage of students remain on campus on weekends?

My guess is that you have already thought of at least three more questions, some far better than mine. Write them down, and add others as they pop up in your mind (they will, I promise). Remember that having a good list of questions is one of the best insurance policies you can have against making a bad (or even awful) college choice.

If you come up with the right questions and are not afraid to ask them, making a good college choice is a breeze.
About the Author
Dr. Casper Poodel's higher education and online education websites were created to help students choose an online college and an online degree program to meet their individual educational and career needs.
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