14 u Talk to someone in the department you’re considering as a major. Find out the size of the program, the entrance requirements, average class size, graduation requirements, and the kinds of jobs their graduates get. Also, check out the labs and facilities for that major. u If you are an outstanding student, ask 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 you may have difficulty getting accepted, or if there are aspects of your 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 you may be interested in (e.g., internships, Greek life, study abroad, jazz band, ROTC, intramural sports). 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 you compare with the students on their campus by asking what the average GPA and test scores (ACT/SAT) are for incoming freshmen. 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.