While these reps can be a great resource in your college search, you should keep in mind that they’re also gathering some information—about you. They’ll file your conversation with the admissions office and note whether it was generally negative or positive. This will be part of your application if you decide to apply.
So, before you ask a question of a college rep, take a moment to consider how it will reflect on you as a potential applicant.
Some questions are unnecessary. (If you can find the answer on the college’s website, it falls under this category.) Such questions can make you seem like a less-than-serious candidate.
Others questions are inappropriate. (If you’d be embarrassed to ask it in front of your parents, it might be better to save it for a student at the school rather than an official rep.) Such questions can create doubts about your maturity level.
Writing on The Choice, the president of Lipscomb University recently advised potential applicants to think before asking the following questions of college reps:
- Do you have my major?
- Where am I going to live?
- Who is on the faculty?
- Is this a party school?
Click here to read more about each one on The Choice.