Our previous article discussed about Why Summer Internships and Volunteering are Important for High School Students? This discussion is about the types of insightful questions ask by the college admission officer. You probably have a lot of questions if you are thinking about applying to college or are already in the process. You may also be thinking about what questions to ask an admissions counselor. The following examples provide examples of the types of questions you might ask:


  • How does your school differ from others?
  • What unique programs does your school offer?
  • Can you explain what makes that program unique? 
  • How does your school assist undergraduate students in identifying research opportunities?
  • What is your acceptance rate for Early Decision?
  • Can you suggest any full or half-tuition scholarships that I can apply for?


  • How many popular clubs are there on campus?
  • Do you think it would be possible for me to start my own student organization? What is that process like?


  • What is the school culture like? / How would you characterize the students who come to your school?
  • What do students enjoy most about this college?
  • What do students do for fun? Are the events mostly on campus or off campus? What were some of the biggest or most popular events on campus last year?


  • What type of support is offered for freshmen?
  • Are there academic support services on campus such as tutoring and writing centers?
  • If requested, are professors available to give individual attention to students?
  • Can you suggest any full or half-tuition scholarships that I can apply for?
  • Are there any merit scholarships I might qualify for?


  • What do your students do just after graduating?
  • What are the undergraduate opportunities for internships, research, and employment?
  • What percentage of students find summer internships and/or jobs before graduating?
  • How accessible is the career center for students who want to make individual appointments with a career counselor?
  • How engaged are professors with their students’ academic careers?

A Few Things to Remember

  • Clearly, you have a lot of options for what to ask, as indicated by the wide variety of sample questions provided.
  • In the college admissions process, this is an opportunity that is remarkably easy to get right.
  • Admissions officers are some of the most caring and intelligent individuals you will meet.
  • Your counselors understand what you’re going through and want you to get matched with the best school.