Questions on Selecting a College
- What constitutes a typical freshman program of study at this college?
- Are courses readily available to the students?
- Are freshmen classes taught by regular faculty or graduate students?
- What is the average class size?
- When will I declare a major and can I change my mind?
- Will I need my own computer and do I purchase it now or at college?
- Is the college on semesters or quarters?
- What kind of housing is available for freshmen?
- How are roommates chosen?
- What is the faculty academic curriculum advising program like? Do professors maintain office hours? How is tutoring handled?
- Is there counseling available for career planning and for personal concerns?
- What technology/technical support is available for students?
- What are the college’s strongest academic departments and majors?
- What is the average percent of freshmen returning as sophomores?
- What percent of entering freshmen typically graduate in four years?
- Do graduates usually find employment immediately following graduation?
- Is campus security an issue? Feel free to ask for mandatory statistical data.
- What kinds of extracurricular activities are available?
- Is there a campus infirmary with health services available?
- What cultural opportunities exist on and off campus?
- Are scholarships, work-study, and grants available? How does one apply?
How to Choose the right college for you
2. Engage in career assessments. You can find these at the following sites:
• The following Colleges and Universities haveCareer Centers: Delta State, MSU, Mississippi University for Women, Ole Miss, Southern, Belhaven, Blue Mountain, Millsaps, and Mississippi College.
3. Research different Occupations
• The Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/oco
4. Get actively involved in areas you are most interested in pursuing as a career.
• Job Shadowing
• Part-time Jobs
5. Find a Degree Program.
6. Apply to the College/University you have chosen.
To-Do List for College Visits:
• Take an official campus tour and an unofficial tour as well.
• If possible, visit academic buildings and sit in on some classes.
• Eat in the cafeteria.
• Visit dorm rooms not on the official tour.
• Ask students why they chose the college.
• Ask students what they like most and least about the college.
• Answer the questions above about selecting a college prior to the visit by catalog, telephone, and online or conclude answers while on the actual