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Letting Your Top College Choice Know it is #1 on Your List

Letting Your Top College Choice Know it is #1 on Your List

As the college admissions season is in full swing, it is important to remember that if you definitely have top college on your list, you should make sure that the college knows this.

According to a recent article by Kaitlin Mulhere, here are some tips you should consider:

1. Visit your top school

If you are within a four-hour drive of the top college on your list, go! Set up an appointment with an admissions representative and personally tell them that this is your top school. If, on the other hand, you can’t afford to visit this college, don’t worry. Just make sure you sign up for the college’s mailing list and let the admissions office know you would love to visit, but you can’t make it to the campus for a visit.

2. Set up an interview

Again, if you have the ability to visit the campus, and if the college offers an in-person interview, take advantage of it. If there isn’t a personal interview with a prospective student, try to set up a meeting with the academic department that most interests you. If you can’t visit the campus, you can possibly set up an interview through phone or Skype.

3. Your personal statement

According to Jeff Schiffman, admissions counselor at Tulane University, every college has a beautiful campus and/or great academic programs. Schiffman says, “If I could replace the word ‘Tulane’ with the word ‘Vanderbilt’ or ‘Miami’ or another school, that doesn’t help. Really dig into s specific attribute or something that resonates with you.”

Research your top college and let them know why specifically you want to attend that college versus any other university.

4. Be persistent, but don’t go overboard

Your application and contacting the college that it is your top choice should inform the college of your desire to attend. But remember to not bother the college with too many emails or phone calls, and try not to waste their time asking questions that you can find on the college’s website.

If you have questions, we’re here to assist you so please feel free to give us a call and set up an appointment to meet with our college admissions experts!