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I will be going to college soon and since I live in an area with few education options, I have very little idea what I would need to do to get into various colleges. Would it be appropriate to email a professor at a given college and ask them what their program requires/likes to see/what skills most good students have? What is the culture at their school? My parents are college professors and I see the ins and outs of academia every single day and I want my college of choice to have certain attributes that are not always obvious from their website.

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  • I retracted my close vote because you did make your question more clear. We usually do not accept undergraduate admission related questions. Yours seems to be a little different. I'll leave it to the community to decide whether to take it.
    – Nobody
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 4:08
  • @scaaahu this could also apply to any school, university, or college in the united states to it appears to meet the requirements for this SE
    – dalearn
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 4:11
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    Even at small colleges, professors are surprisingly ignorant about not-specifically-academic matters. You might be better off asking people in "Student Life" offices, for example offices under the purview of the Dean of Students. Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 5:32
  • @scaaahu: Well, technically, this is not about the admission, but about making the right choice.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 8:02
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    And, in any case, I don't think the answers to the question would really change if the asker was actually heading for a postgraduate course. Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 12:32

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Most colleges have this information available on their website. If there is any specific question you have that is not covered on their website, of course it is appropriate to email someone in the department and ask. But if what you want to ask, such as the admission requirements, is already posted somewhere, then by asking this you will come across as someone who does not bother to search on their own before asking them.

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    you will come across as someone who does not bother to search on their own before asking them. -- True, but, then again, a lot of undergraduates come across this way in any case. :-/
    – Mad Jack
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 2:36
  • If OP wants to come across as a "good student", then that's not a good starting point for sure.
    – Anna SdTC
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 2:38
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    Then what is your question?
    – Anna SdTC
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 3:33
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    @splat Please put those info into your question.
    – Nobody
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 4:01
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    If your concern is about culture and not only academics, you may want to ask professors if there is any student they can put you in contact with to ask them.
    – Anna SdTC
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 4:12

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