How to “Shop” for a College or University; the 5 Things You Should be Asking an Institute of Higher Education


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Whether you’re a high school student planning your future or an adult learner looking to go back to school, shopping around for the right institution can be a daunting task. Finding a school that’s a good fit means determining your own goals and asking the right questions. In general, there are five types of questions you should be asking.

  1. Questions about Academics: Ask about the types of degrees offered and whether it’s possible to designate a minor as well as a major. Learn the student to faculty ratio and whether classes are taught by faculty or teaching assistants. Find out about academic expectations and perks, such as opportunities for undergraduate research. It’s also important to learn about facilities and resources available to students, such as libraries, labs and computers.
  2. Questions about Student Life: What is the school’s demographic makeup? How does the school accommodate those students who have work and familial obligations? What opportunities are offered to help students engage with the local and greater community?
  3. Questions about Cost and Financial Aid: Ask about tuition, but make sure to learn about additional costs. Find out if financial assistance is offered to most students, and ask which scholarships might be available for you, specifically. At the same time, you might want to ask yourself if you could afford the school if financial aid were not available.
  4. Questions about Support: Learn about mentoring and tutoring at the school you’re considering, and ask how students receive academic advice. Find out about the measures the school is taking to keep students safe. What accommodations does the school make for those with disabilities? What services are provided in support of students who are veterans?
  5. Questions about Career Development: What programs does the school offer to provide students with internship opportunities and career planning? Is there a college career center? If so, what benefits does it provide? What percentage of students find jobs upon graduation, and does the school provide ways to help students in finding the right job? Is there a strong network of alumni to assist students after graduation?

At Hodges University, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about our institution and furthering your education. We’re accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and we offer career-oriented education that helps our students succeed. Call us at 833-510-1915 to learn more about our flexible schedules, online classes, unique learning environment and supportive faculty, or contact us through our website.