10 Questions You Need to Ask at a College Fair

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College fairs are an important part of the application process. They can help you glean what each school’s strengths and weaknesses are as well as make connections with recruiters from each one.

We constantly receive a variety of questions at these fairs, such as:

1)      Why should I attend CU Denver?
2)      How much does it cost to attend CU Denver?
3)      How do I apply for CU Denver? What do my scores need to look like for admission?
4)      What types of scholarships do you offer?
5)      What majors do you offer?
6)      What is the average class size?
7)      If I am undecided on a major, when do I need to decide on one?
8)      What is housing like? Are freshmen required to live on campus? What amenities are included with housing? How many students live in on-campus housing?
9)      Do you have sports teams? What sports do you offer?
10)   What does the student life look like at CU Denver?

Although these are important questions to answer before making your final decision, they can easily be found online at www.ucdenver.edu. While at a college fair, take advantage of having an admissions counselor right there!

There are quite a few important questions to consider at a college fair; here are our top 10.

What does this school offer in terms of my intended major or interests?

First of all, find out if this school even offers the major(s) you’re interested in! Then, ask about the program and what makes it different. Is it big or small? Does the faculty produce a large amount of research or academic publications? How often does the program organize events for students such as readings, career fairs, or networking events?

What is this school’s ideal student?

While you’ll want to avoid questions where the recruiter simply tells you what they think you want to hear, this may be a good question to gain a feel for what type of students matriculate. You may learn that the school is heavily research-focused or that the majority of students fill their schedules with internships and extracurricular activities. This could also be a great lead in when you are similar to their perfect student and you can share what makes you so!

What are the academic strengths of this school?

Yes, it’s great to know that the major you’re interested in is one of the school’s strengths, but details matter. The recruiter may be able to tell you about recent awards and honors, program connections with the surrounding community, or additional opportunities the school offers that others don’t. A school that has a great reputation for the major you’re interested in could give you a leg up when it’s time for internships and first jobs.

What kinds of opportunities does this school offer for my intended major?

This fits well with learning the school’s strengths and will prompt the recruiter to tailor their answer to your interests. Perhaps one school has the top communications program in the area you’re interested in, but another has a specific program linking students to prestigious internships in the television industry, your industry of choice.

Do I relate to this school’s philosophy or mission statement?

There will be similarities in a lot of schools’ mission statements, probably along the lines of academic excellence, but pay attention to the differences. Does this school focus on service? Research contributions? Community connections? The school’s mission statement could give you a window into what will seem important when you arrive on campus.

Does this school offer extracurricular activities that I care about?

Academics will most likely be your top priority at school, but you’ll certainly use your free time for something other than academics. Tell the recruiter about what you do now in your free time and what you’re possibly interested in starting to become involved in. Pay attention to the surrounding area of the school as well – if you’re addicted to your Sunday hikes, a school set within the plains might be a hard transition.

Does this school have research opportunities and how soon can I get involved?

Planning is key when attending any university, so if you’re at all interested, you’ll want to ask about research. Schools that offer research to students at an earlier time means you’ll end up with more experience than other student you’re competing with for internships and jobs.

What is the social scene like?

This question is not intended for you to investigate where the biggest parties happen – many things take place on the weekends and a recruiter’s answer will give you an idea of how students tend to spend their time. Does this school regularly host events on campus? Are students involved in the arts? Is the library packed on Saturday and Sunday?

Do students stay in the area after school?

A university with a large portion of students staying nearby could mean great alumni connections and a general satisfaction with the school and the area. Follow this question by asking what kinds of jobs graduates take and where else they tend to move.

Does this school have a make or break quality of mine?

While there are many qualities of each university that are important to everyone applying, you’ll no doubt have specific requirements for the school you eventually matriculate to. If you love acting but the school doesn’t have a program or club and neither does the surrounding area, will you be truly happy there for four years? Make sure to write your make or breaks down before arriving at the fair so you’ll have a clear idea of what you’re looking for.

We wish you luck on your college fair experience and welcome you to our booths! For a schedule of our admissions events, visit our website.

September 12, 2016 | Admissions, Application Tips