Some Questions Parents of High School Seniors & Juniors May Want to Ask…


Many parents who enter the college review process for their children are often surprised at the process. Sure, there’s plenty of information available but how do you weed through it all? What do you consider and pay attention to and what do you ignore? Who could you consult to get a “low down” on the process? These questions should help parents know what to ask and provides them a “heads up” on what information is critical to help prepare for this experience.

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

What has surprised you so far about this process?

How many college tours are enough before your high school student makes up his or her mind? Should you begin college tours the end of  your junior year or earlier?

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 so?

What did you wanted to ask but didn’t ask at a college presentation?

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

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

Let me continue with some additional questions you could also ask…

In your opinion, do Big Ten schools spend enough time reviewing incoming freshman? What are they looking for in a candidate?

How would you use the college counselors at the high school?  When would you rely on them and when not?

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?

What does it mean to superscore the SAT score? Were you surprised to learn that certain universities superscore the SAT score?

What’s the best advice you’ve received so far about the process?

When someone mentions a private college, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it related to the expense involved?