“Fifty Questions to Ask Before Going to College” is the title of an article by Lynn O’Shaughnessy, a writer with CBS MoneyWatch.  I think she is correct that these questions focus the mind on the “rubber meets the road” issues.  She concentrates on topics like graduation rates, class size, who does the actual teaching, what honors programs exist, job placement rates, rates of tuition increases, levels of graduate indebtedness, and student load default rates.  These are much more practical topics than: “How many rock climbing walls do you have?”

Clearly, anyone going to college needs to develop a profile for each potential school like the one outlined in the article.  This article provides a well-grounded list of questions from which potential college students and their parents can improvise and create their specific set of questions.