Choosing the right college or university can be a challenge. Some  information you need may not be covered in documentation or campus tours. Whether you’re looking at Carlow or another university, here are questions you should ask.


  • What are the differences between rolling and deadline admissions?
  • Do I need letters of recommendation and an essay with my application?
  • Is the school considered co-ed?
  • Are SAT, ACT or CLT scores weighted more heavily when I am being considered for admission?
  • What were the average SAT/ACT/CLT scores for the most recent incoming freshman class?
  • What is the average grade point average for the most recent incoming freshman class? 
  • What are my chances of being accepted?
  • What factors are considered in acceptance?
  • What is the typical class size?
  • What is the average student-to-faculty ratio?
  • What is the job placement rate after graduation?
  • What percentage of graduates find work in their field?
  • Are seniors the only students who can use the career development office?
  • What workshops are offered for underclassmen to help them prepare for the working world?

Financial Aid

Students talk and read at an outdoor table on the Carlow campus.
  • How much does it cost to attend?
  • Are academic and athletic scholarships available, and if so, can they be combined?
  • Is institutional money available to help students?
  • What is the size of the average financial aid package, and what percentage of students receive free money?
  • What if family finances change?
  • Are special circumstances taken into account?
  • What types of payment options are available?


  • How much college credit can I receive for taking AP courses in high school?
  • How many courses are taught by teaching assistants vs. professors?
  • How does faculty advising work?
  • What are the universally required courses?
  • Are professors willing to help students?
  • What types of support is offered for students who find the move from high school to college life difficult?
  • Are classes more focused on lectures or are they more interactive? 
  • Are internships available? Where do internships normally take place?
  • Does the school have an honors program?

Campus Life

  • How safe is the campus?
  • How secure are the residence halls?
  • What types of activities are offered to students?
  • What special programs are offered for minority students?
  • What is the most difficult part about adjusting to college?

Contact Admissions

Once you inquire or apply, you will be assigned an enrollment counselor to help guide you through the enrollment process.

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