14 Tips: Read the campus newspaper and listen to the college radio station. Also, check out the city or town where the college is located. To help you remember a college, take notes during your visit, and take some pictures of the campus. u Talk to someone in the department your child is considering as a major. Find out the size of the program, the entrance requirements, graduation requirements, average class size, and the kinds of jobs their graduates get. Also check out the labs and facilities for that major. u If your child is an outstanding student, check to see if the college has an Honors or Scholars Program. These programs offer students a variety of unique opportunities (e.g., access to honors courses, priority scheduling, honors housing). u Visit the student union and talk to students. Ask them what they like about the college, what they don’t like, and what they do on weekends. Students are generally friendly and happy to offer their opinion. u If possible, visit a dorm and eat in a dining hall. Also, check out the fresh- man dorm options. u If you’re concerned that your child may have difficulty getting accepted, or if there are aspects of your child’s academic record you’d like to explain, take an unofficial transcript with you and talk to an admissions counselor. u Inquire about any special program or activity your child may be interested in (e.g., jazz band, study abroad, Greek life, intramural sports, ROTC, internships). u Verify the cost of the college. If you’re interested in financial assistance, make an appointment with a counselor in the financial aid and/or schol- arship office. If you would like to discuss scholarship possibilities, take an unofficial transcript with you. u Double check admission requirements. Find out how your child compares academically by asking what the average GPA and ACT / SAT scores are for incoming freshmen.