I know I asked this question a couple of weeks ago, but I've decided to start a new thread and summarize all the questions I have gathered so far, as see if you guys can help me flesh them out. DS is meeting with admissions, department heads in maths, professors, students, and academic advisers at 5 different universities (not all at each one, but close). These are elite private universities and state flagships. I feel like I need to come up with some open ended questions to kind of get people talking. This is what I have so far:
Things to evaluate just by walking around:
Do you prefer a big or small school?
Do you prefer city vs suburban ?
What are the dining facilities like?
What are the athletic facilities like?
What are the dorms like?
How is the access to transport?
How is the access to services from campus like pharmacy, stores, groceries etc?
How is the student health care?
What is the culture of the different USA regions? and does my ds feel easier in some than others.
Questions for current students:
What is the atmosphere in the department?
Are there societies of math students?
What is the quality of instruction?
What is the availability fo classes?
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
How are the internship opportunities?
What do you do for fun?
Do the faculty get along or are there feuding factions?
Do the professors take a genuine interest in the students?
How often do you go home?
How do you like your major?
Questions for college representatives (these are great open ended questions, but what is a college representative? who can answer these questions?)
What questions do you wish students would ask?
What facets of your college do you think are underrepresentated?
What program at your school should student be sure to investigate?
What do you not like about your college?
What kind of students are you looking for?
Are there groups of students that get special opportunities with academics and advising? how do you apply?
Questions for academic advisers in math department:
Can UG customize their education?
Can ds take grad courses as an undergrad?
Is there a waitlist for course you need? how likely are you to get into courses?
Can ds get credit for the courses he has taken at a local university?
How do you determine ds's placement?
Is it possible to do honors math and double major or is it too tight?
Are courses taught by faculty?
What percentage of courses are in seat vs online?
Where do grads go after graduation?
Research opportunities for UG - who do we ask about this?
Are grads the focus and UG working for grad students?
Are the opportunities killer competitive?
How many UG are involved in research?
Is there a dedicated career councilor?
Where are possible internships?
What are the UG opportunities?
Is there personal mentoring happening in the department?
Questions for Professors?
I have no idea!
Questions for Admissions officers?
We have one very important meeting with a high level admissions officer who knows about ds through a well-regarded recommender. I'm guessing it will act like an informal interview for my ds. I have no idea what we should be asking.
Edited by lewelma, 12 July 2017 - 08:59 PM.