What to Ask on Campus Tours
College visit guides have the answers. Ask the right questions.
Got real questions about what college is like? Campus tour guides have answers. You'll get a lot out of visiting colleges, but at Saint Louis University, the campus tour guides are current students, so they won't just tell you about dorms, they can also tell you where to get a good grilled cheese sandwich, if they feel safe walking around campus at night and if you can paint your dorm room. (Sorry, no, on that last one by the way.)
What Happens on a Campus Tour?
"Showing off campus is like showing off my home," says Briana Wright, a college junior from Connecticut majoring in Spanish and Latin American studies at SLU. So what should you ask your campus tour guide? At SLU, some of the most popular questions are:
- Why did you choose SLU?
- How often do students go home on the weekends?
- What's it like in the residence halls?
- Oh, and what's a Billiken?
But Steve Siemborski, an accounting junior from Cleveland, will tell you even more about college life.
"I try to keep my campus tours in the first person. I tell my guests I like to go to Busch Student Center; this is where I sit in class; this is where my friends come to throw the Frisbee around; that kind of stuff."
Don't Ask These College Questions
Are there any questions you shouldn't ask on a college tour? Keep the focus on yourself, not your guide. So stay away from asking them about their GPA, their SAT score, their financial aid package and how much weight they gained when they came to college. (Yikes, MYB.)
And never hesitate to ask a question about the university's academics, campus life or even architectural features you notice around campus. (At SLU, the highlights include the gorgeous view inside College Church and the rush of students on West Pine Mall between classes.) "The best part is when the campus tour ends and a student says to me that she can tell how much I love my school," says Leila Houshmand , a SLU junior from Collinsville, Ill., double majoring in political science and public health.
At SLU, there are actually two ways to connect with current students. One is on the campus visit. The other is the Billiken Buddy program, where high school students hang out with undergrads for a night in the residence halls and shadow them to classes. Find out more!
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