15 Questions to Ask a Professor When Visiting a College Campus

Students with professor

If you’re visiting college campuses, make sure you get a chance to sit in on some classes and ask the professors a few questions. Talking to professors is a great way to learn more about the college and its students “behind the scenes.” And if you’re still deciding on a major, talking to a professor may help. Ask the professor how she got into her field and discover what career options are available for you.


Here are 15 questions you should consider asking a professor when visiting campus:

  1. Did you attend this college as a student? If so, what was most attractive to you about the school?
  2. What is your favorite part of teaching at this college?
  3. What would you like to see change?
  4. What are some common characteristics, passions, and career goals of students in this major?
  5. Is this program accredited? Does it need to be?
  6. What does this college offer that others don’t?
  7. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this program?
  8. What are my career options with this major?
  9. What percentage of students in this major go on to graduate school?
  10. Would I need a graduate degree to get a job in this field?
  11. What is the average size of classes in this program?
  12. Are classes more lecture-based or discussion-based?
  13. Is there a senior capstone project or internship required to graduate for this major?
  14. Does the department help students find internships and other professional learning opportunities?
  15. What are some recommended books that will prepare me to major in this field?

These are just suggestions. You can ask whatever you’d like that would help you get a feel for what it would be like to study at this college under this professor’s teaching.

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