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