Many students will be visiting colleges this spring. Rick Clark, director of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech, shares how students can ask better questions – and better follow-up questions – to gain deeper information about each college.
Students often ask: “What is your faculty: student ratio?” This number however is not fully indicative of the student experience. A better question is: “What is your most common class size?” This question gets you right into the classroom. Schools rarely publish average SATs or GPAs but rather bands or ranges. Likewise, you want to look at their ranges and variances within class size. Georgia Tech’s most common class size is between 26 to 33, and around 7 percent of our courses have more than 100 students in them. Here are some follow-up questions: "How does class size vary from freshman year to senior year? Is that true for all majors? What does that look like for my major?"