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.
- Get on the colleges' mailing list
- Do your homework
- Be real
- Be personable
- Steps to connecting with a college representative
- What can hurt you - Part I
- What can hurt you - Part II
- What can hurt you - Part III
- What can hurt you - Part IV
- What can hurt you - Part V
- What can hurt you - Part VI
- Key opportunities to connect
- When you connect with a rep...
- When you visit a college campus..
- If you cannot visit the campus....
- Know the peaks and valleys of an admisison representative schedule
- When you send an email question to a college representative...
- Tips on emails
- Tips on phone communication
- Tips on snail mail
- Utilize social media hubs
- Tips at the fair
- Recommended books
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.
Focus on the connection to learn more about how to prepare your college application. Remember you have about 30 seconds to 5 minutes when connecting with representatives. Speaking with them via email, high school visits or at info sessions are better times to have a short conversation with them. College fairs provide the opportunity to introduce yourself rather to representatives.
It is never TOO early to outreach to the admission representative.
Determine if the campus is in session or if your representative can meet you for an appointment. Prepare well thought out questions ahead of time.
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
College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step Advice by 50 Deans of Admissions
By Mamlet, former dean of Stanford, Swarthmore, Sarah Lawrence
Don't Stalk the Admissions Officer: How to Survive the College Admissions Process without Losing Your Mind [Paperback] by Risa Lewak (Author) (2010)
How to survive the college admissions process without losing your mind.
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