Understanding a school’s commitment to your major

Not all colleges that offer the same majors are the same in the strength of the program.  Use the list below as a guideline to ask the right questions while on campus or researching a school


 “To Do List” Resource
Review Online Catalog Academic Page on School’s Website
Breadth of Courses
Depth of Courses
Number of Courses
What are the requirements for completing the degree?
Ask Department Heads About… Email Admission Department or Meet with Department on College Visit
Graduation Rates
Average GPA
Job Placement
Class Sizes
Number of Faculty with Advanced Degrees
How much time do professors spend teaching vs. doing research?
Are professors active in their field (e.g., doing research, speaking, publishing)?
How many faculty members teach full-time or part-time?
Do senior professors teach undergraduate courses and advise undergraduates?
Number of Faculty that teach undergraduates
What Type Of Practical Experience/ Post Undergrad Outcomes Admission Department and Alumni
Graduate School Enrollment
Are there research and internship opportunities for undergraduates?
Talk to practitioners in your field of study and ask what courses are instrumental to success
Understand Your Potential Student Peers Review HS Credit Requirements and Consider Admission Probability
How rigorous is the required high school preparation?
What is average GPA for admission
What are 75th percentile test scores in R/W
What are 75th percentile test scores in Math
Betsy Greaney
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