Monday, October 10, 2016

College Tours: What Questions to Ask

As you all know, we will be having a College Tour workshop on Tuesday, October 18th. We will be touring Marshall University and Shawnee State University.

Here are a list of questions that may be beneficial to ask on the tours:

- What is the average size of an intro level course? Upper level course?
- Do you have an honors college?
- What opportunities are there for undergraduate research?
- What percentage of financial need does the school typically meet?
- What is the average college debt students leave with?
- What work-study opportunities are there?
- What type of career services do you have?
- What kind of on-campus living choices are there?
- What do students typically do on the weekends here?
- What activities are offered to students?
- How adequate is the campus computer network?
- How is the quality of food in the dining hall?
- Is the teaching innovative, discussion- and project-oriented? Or is it mostly lecture-oriented?
- How safe is the campus?
- Is there a student health center? If so, how adequate is it?
- (To guide) What was/is your favorite class, and why?
- (To guide) What does a typical weekday entail?
- (To guide) Why did you choose to attend this school?
- How easy is it to get the courses you want at the times that are convenient for you?
- What is your transfer policy? And are there scholarships available for students who transfer from a community college?
- Do you accept college credit plus credits?

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a "stupid question." College tours are meant to be informative for all prospective students. If the tour guide can't answer a particular question, they should be able to point you to someone who can!

Big Future by The College Board is a great website that provides basic information about each college and university. This site is great to use as a reference point. As you look through the information about each school, write down any questions you might have and bring them with you to the tour!

Click here to learn more about Marshall University or visit

Click here to learn more about Shawnee State University or visit

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

UB Got Me Here

"UB Got Me Here" is a new column that features various students for the academic and personal success they have achieved with the help of the Upward Bound program. Everyone has a different story, and we look forward to sharing how Upward Bound has helped prepare each student for the future and what goals these students have set for themselves. 

Want to be featured? Email or message Upward Bound on Facebook

This week's spotlight is on Bridget Wray!

Bridget says: Upward bound started out as merely an educational opportunity. As I went to workshops and the summer phases these past three years, it has become home and family. I have been given this gift of knowledge, benefits and most of all a reliable support system. I plan on going to Ohio University and Upward Bound has given me the tools to make sure I get there. Through ACT prep, financial workshops, cultural experiences, major exploration fairs and college tours, UB has thoroughly prepped me for higher education. I love it so much!"

We're proud of all of your hard work, Bridget!