what do parents want to ask?

<p>what do parents most care? if you meet the admissions officer, what will you ask?</p>

<p>What should my child take senior year? Is it better to take a less hard course and get an A or a harder level and get a B? Breakdown of student body-instate / out of state. Teaching reputations. Who teaches under grad courses profs or T.A.s etc. etc.</p>

<p>Will you admit my kid?</p>

<p>Is it a waste of time and money for my kid to apply here?</p>

<p>Can I put the bursar's bill on my credit card for no extra charge?</p>

<p>As a parent, I can't imagine asking the Admissions Officer a whole lot. I would imagine I'd also be with my student and my student would be asking questions. Perhaps my kid and I had talked earlier about some things to find out there but my kid is the one picking out the college anyway and would be asking the questions.</p>

<p>What do you see as the differences/similarities between your school and other schools your child is considering (if they are considered competitior institutions)--as far as academic style, campus culture, student body/social life, etc. </p>

<p>What unique opportunities does this school offer that students can't get at peeer institutions?</p>

<p>I'm still surprised that parents are invited to meet with the admissions reps at schools. My daughter visited four schools (small LACs) in April, and all but one wanted to meet with me as well as my daughter. I thanked the officers for taking the time to meet with my daughter, but left it to her to have a conversation with them. </p>

<p>The coaches she met with also made it clear parents were a part of the process. I think I shocked them a bit when I said I was happy sitting in the lobby until they were done (I was in the middle of a great book) and let them meet together without me.</p>

<p>And as much of admissions officers' (and coaches') responsibilities seem to be 'selling' their schools, I figure questions I ask will be answered in a PR manner.</p>