Questions About College From a Parent or High Schooler’s Perspective


Many parents who enter the college review process for their children are often surprised at the process. Sure, there is plenty of information available but how do you weed through it all? What do you consider and what do you ignore? Who could you consult to get a “low down” on the process?

What’s one thing you wish you had known before you began the college investigative process?

What has surprised you so far about this process?

How many college tours are enough before your child makes up their mind?

What’s one thing you picked up about this process by talking to others that you couldn’t learn online?

What advice would you give to parents who will go through this process in the next year or two?

If you could change one thing about the process, what would that be?

How is the admissions process different between a Big Ten University and a small, private institution?

What do you initially think of when someone mentions a private college or university? Affordability? Lack of activities? Too small?

In your opinion, do Big Ten schools spend enough time reviewing incoming freshman? What’s their primary focus if you had to generalize?

Libertyville High School

How comfortable do you feel about the college counselors at Libertyville High School?

How important are college visits? How many college visits are enough to give you child a good idea what schools are available?

Of those schools you have visited, were you able to pick up any differences between the schools you visited based upon the presentation done by the admissions area?

I’ve heard schools use a weighted versus a non-weighted GPA. Can you talk about that a little bit?

Do you know what superscore means with regard to your SAT score? If yes, were you surprised to learn certain schools superscore SATs?

My school encourages incoming students to enroll in as many AP and Honors courses to help prepare them for the university. Is that good idea? If not, why not?