I have been working in a university Admissions Office for almost a year now, and I have learned a lot in that time. It is important for Admissions counselors to know everything about campus, because different things will appeal to different students. Based on their interests, we can highlight the different areas of campus that each student finds most intriguing.

When searching for the right college, there are no dumb questions. It is important to ask anything and everything to determine whether a college is a good fit. However, there are certain ways to ask some questions that can help you get the best possible information from your recruiter. Below are four questions that recruiters are frequently asked and some helpful ways to phrase the questions that can help you get the most out of your campus visit!

Can I have a four-year scholarship/full ride?

Bold question. However, students ask this question frequently. College is an investment, an expensive one, and it is important to ask and explore financial aid opportunities. A better way to ask this question might be, “Can you please tell me about some scholarship opportunities?” This opens opportunities for your recruiter to tell you about academic scholarships awarded based on merit. They can tell you about any scholarships students can apply for and when deadlines are, as well as the documentation needed, and they can discuss scholarships available through school organizations if any are available.

How much does it cost?

Again, college is an expensive investment, and keeping debt to a minimum is important. They could be asking the price of tuition, books, parking permit, dorms, etc. A better way to ask this question might be, “Can you give an estimated cost of attendance?” With this question, a recruiter knows you are talking about the total cost for an entire year at the college. Another point to keep in mind is that at many universities, a student’s total cost of attendance depends on the amount of credit hours a student enrolls in. For some families, it is better for the student to take twelve credit hours per semester (the minimum amount to be a full-time student), and take six credit hours at a local community college during the summer. This is a way to control your total cost of attendance and to keep your debt minimal.

How good is your school?

Obviously, a recruiter is not going to put their school down in any way. This question is not very clear either, because the intent behind the question could be many things. Some ways to ask this question better might be:

  • How will this school set me up for success post-graduation?
  • What academic programs does this school offer?
  • How are the athletic programs?
  • What are some ways I can get involved on campus?

Be clear and specific with your questions, and your recruiter will be able to tell you the information you need to hear!

Why should I come here?

This question may show a lack of interest to your recruiter, which could prevent them from structuring the best tour possible for you. A better way to ask this might be, “What drew you here?” Ask if your recruiter is an alum, and see what brought them there as both a student and as an employee. Another way to ask this question might be, “What seem to be the big reasons students choose this school?” This way, you can ask a more focused question without having your recruiter think you are not interested in the school.

These are just a few of the common questions people ask admissions counselors. Again, this is not a comprehensive list of questions you should ask, but simply suggested ways to rephrase common questions that will help your recruiter help you! As you begin searching for colleges, you can use these suggestions as a guide for getting the most information about each school to help you in making your decision.

UMHB seeks to give students an education for life and the experience of a lifetime. It may be a great fit for you! For more information, we invite you to visit our website, or stop by for a campus visit and meet your admissions counselor!