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30 Questions to Ask on a Campus Visit

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by Misty Frederick-Ritz
South Hills Director of Marketing

Winter and spring are the times of the year when many high school students and their parents visit various campuses to help them choose a post-secondary school.

When you visit any campus, it’s a perfect time to ask questions to help you decide if the school is a good match for you. Take advantage of opportunities to speak with faculty; financial aid representatives; admissions representatives; alumni and current students. The more you know about the programs, expectations, student life and the learning environment, the more confident you can be about your choices and investment in education.

Not sure what to ask? We’ve put together a list of some common questions to help you make the most of your visit:

30 Questions to Ask on a Campus Visit


  • What is a typical class size?
  • What is considered to be a passing grade?
  • How many students are typically accepted into the program I’m pursuing?
  • How much time will I spend doing homework or doing projects outside of class?
  • Are there tutors or other academic resources available?
  • Are the classes mostly lecture, hands-on, team projects, or lab work?
  • Are there capstone projects, graduate portfolios, internships or other major requirements to complete before graduation?
  • What practical or industry experience does the faculty have within the fields they teach?
  • What makes people choose this school/program?
  • How long does it take to complete the program?


  • What types of student clubs and activities are available?
  • What percentage of students are recent high school graduates vs. returning adult students?
  • Will I be able to work while going to school?
  • What is the relationship like between students and faculty/staff?  Other students?


  • Do I have to pay for parking? How much parking is available?
  • Will I need a personal computer or are there computers available for students to use outside of class time?
  • Where do most of the students live while attending school? If I need housing, what resources are available to help me?
  • Where do students typically eat or take breaks?  What are food and beverages available on campus?  Is there a cafeteria?  A place to store or prepare food for commuting students?


  • What steps are involved in the admissions process?
  • What kind of admissions tests do I have to take?
  • Do you require a minimum SAT score for acceptance?
  • What if I don’t know which program is best for me?  Can you help me decide?
  • Can credits be transferred from other schools/to other schools?


  • What financial aid options are available to me?
  • Which financial aid forms need to be completed and what are the submission deadlines?
  • Does the school offer scholarships?  If so, how do you apply and who did I see to get information?
  • Does the school participate in federal and state aid programs?
  • What is the total cost of the program?


  • Do you help students and alumni with job search assistance and leads?
  • What kinds of jobs do graduates of the program of my choice obtain once they complete their degrees?

If you don’t get all of your questions answered during your visit, don’t be afraid to follow up with an email or phone call to the school OR arrange for an individual visit to focus on your unique situation. You can reach us here at South Hills by phone toll-free at 1-888-282-7427 or by email at admissions@southhills.edu.



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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.