Don’t #4: Don’t be ill-informed about the college

This article is part of a series, 10 Tips for Acing Your College Interviews.

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One of an admission officer’s greatest pet peeves is students who ask questions that they could have easily answered for themselves if they had bothered to read the college website for five minutes.

You want to ask questions that show you’ve done your homework about the college.

When you ask questions during the interview, you’re looking for more in-depth insights into the institution and the student experience there.

Not so good questions:

  • Do you have a biology major?
  • How many credits do I need to graduate?
  • Why do I have to take first-year composition?

Better questions:

  • What do you think makes this college so special?
  • What’s the best way to develop academic relationships with the faculty?
  • How would you describe the student culture here?
  • What specific things can your students do to get the most value out of the college?
Dr. Sean

Dr. Sean

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Dr. Sean has over a decade of teaching experience at universities in the US and Asia. He earned a BA with honors from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of London. You can read more about his teaching and research here.
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