Connecting with College Reps
The college admission representatives assigned to SI, especially private universities and colleges, are the key people to connect with. They are the evaluators of all students' applications from the San Francisco area. How you conduct yourself and approach them is key in the application process. Below are tips on what to do and what not to do as communicated to SI from the college representatives from the University of Chicago and Williamette University.
Before communicating with college representatives - make sure you have read their brochures or check out their websites thoroughly. This will demonstrate you are really interested in the campus. NEVER ASK A QUESTION THAT IS ON THEIR WEBSITE. Asking questions like, "Do you offer...." demonstrates a student is not familiar with the campus and may not be a best fit for the campus.
Good sites to view to aid in this process:
Department of your major
Research the campus on the web and find out who is the college representative for SI.
Connect with a local alum so you can inquire further about the campus. The undergraduate admissions office will have contact information of local alums in the area.
Inquire early to set up an interview with the college representative or local alum. Some campuses fill up spots fast when they came in the area like USC.
Be careful not to use the incorrect name of the college representative whether in email or in person.
Take advantage of high school visits (these are listed on Family Connection web page and SI's Counseling Department Twitter Account), college fairs, traveling info sessions, multi school programs, College Night and Case Study presentations.
It is never TOO early to outreach to the admission representative.
Campuses take into consideration if local students do not visit their campus.
When you visit a campus:
-Meet individually with faculty members if possible
-See if a campus will do an overnight
-Have an interview on campus, if possible
-Visit a residential hall (may be separate from campus)
-Eat at a dining hall
-Sit in a class
-Shadow a current student
March and April tend to be the busiest times for college representatives. Arranging a time to vist campuses and make a time to have a personal connection, or meeting, with campus representatives are more difficult during these months..
List all your questions in one email versus seven emails for each question.
It is okay to email department faculty members.
-Contact the right person
-Keep your questions short and to the point
-Send an email to ONLY one person
-Regional representatives are the best individuals to email
-If sending documents, college representatives prefer electronic submissions.
Do not give representatives documents while they are on the road at college fairs.
Do not ask college representatives if they can do an interview at a fair.
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