Visiting a College or University Campus?
A few tips from Reach for College! to help you get the best information about how the university is set up to help your child be successful. Here are some questions* to ask college or university admissions officers:
- Do you have an advising program for freshmen?
- What is the average size of the freshmen classes?
- Does (college or university name) have any special programs to help students make the change from high school to college level classes/academics?
- How many courses are freshmen students allowed to take?
- How many times per semester is a freshman required to meet with his/her advisor?
- Do you encourage students to declare a major as soon as possible? Why/Why not?
- What programs are in place to help a student who appears to be having academic difficulties by mid-term?
- Are the freshman courses taught by full-time faculty members?
- Does your institution offer a summer "bridge" program?
- How can my child participate in the summer bridge program?
*Source: Institutional Program and Approaches to Have Positive Effects excerpted from Raising the Graduation Rates of Low-Income Students – Pell Institute 2004.)