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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Asking the Right Questions

The NSSE can also help you formulate intelligent questions when you’re evaluating schools. At its Web site, you can obtain a free booklet titled A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College, Are You Asking the Right Questions on a College Campus Visit?

Here is a sampling of the questions:

Academic challenges

How much time do students spend on homework each week?
What type of thinking do assignments require?
How much writing and reading are expected?
To what degree are studying and spending time on academic work emphasized?

Meaningful contact with teachers

Are faculty members accessible and supportive?
How many students work on research projects with faculty?
Do students receive prompt feedback on academic performance? ...

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