Can the number of times you contact a college impact your chances?

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Can the number of times you contact a college impact your chances?

Roby Blust
Dean of Admissions & Enrollment Planning Marquette University

Can the number of times you contact a college impact your chances?

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Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Demonstrated Interest

Colleges love to hear that you love them. They would much rather admit a student who really really really wants to be there, than someone who is just applying for the heck of it. Statistics show that retention rates are higher for the students who apply early action, a common way of demonstrating how interested you are in the school. Whether you visit, call, email, chat with a rep visiting your area; often these contacts are logged and referred to when it comes to decision time. Of course, you don't want to be obnoxious in your efforts to show them how much you can see yourself on their campus. Too much of anything can work against you, so proceed accordingly.

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

Contact

Yes. It can impact it either way: if you are stalking the admissions rep, it hurts your chances. If you are friendly with the rep and ask intelligent questions, it will help. This is true particularly in smaller and mid sized colleges/universities.

Jill Karatkewicz
Counselor East Hampton High School

Demonstrated Interest

Yes! On a very basic level, colleges want to send acceptance letters to students who are equally excited about attending their school! At many universities, admissions officers "track" the various ways/times a prospective student shows interest in their school. This can include everything from a simple email or phone call to attending an Open House, going on a tour, information session and/or interview, visiting a booth at a college fair, etc. The more times and ways you connect with that school, the more "demonstrated interest" you have shown. When it comes time to evaluate your application, the admissions counselor will certainly take in to account whether or not it appears you have shown interest, as they usually perceive this as an indication that you are seriously interested in their school.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Can the number of times you contact a college impact your chances?

It all depends who you're calling and about what. Surely, no one needs to be a pest with questions that can be answered w/o the necessity of a phone call. On the other hand, if the student has developed a rapport (which they should have) with higher ups in admissions, etc., it's an entirely different story.

Mr C Coakley
President Academic Coaching Services

Can the number of times you contact a college impact your chances?

Contacts with a college or an admissions rep should not be arbitrary. You shouldn't be "running up the score" just to look impressive. I always encourage students to ask questions about the campus, programs, and academic options. The more a student appreciates and understands a particular college campus (resources, traditions, etc.) the better choice he or she will make. College admissions professionals enjoy interacting with students and families who have a genuine interest in their communities. One should call or visit whenever possible and beneficial.

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

Can the number of times you contact a college impact your chances?

It really depends on the quality of contact and the timing. Certainly more contact is good, as long as it is thoughtful and appropriate such as campus visits, interviews, college fairs, or a special admissions group. But, emailing and calling numerous times will probably not make the process go any faster and you may end up becoming more of a pain than a high quality applicant.

Chris Powers
College Counselor and Philosophy Teacher Powers College Counseling

Can the number of times you contact a college impact your chances?

Absolutely! Last time I was in the Emory University admissions office I saw how they account for points of contact. It is important that the contacts are meaningful.

Cindy Sherman
Guidance Counselor/Crisis Counselor Bloomfield High School

Can the number of times you contact a college impact your chances?

It couldn't hurt! Writing, emailing, calling - the schools do keep a log of contacts. Also, call the school you are interested in, and ask for the alumni office. Explain that you would like to set up an interview with an alumni and meet face to face - and come prepared with questions!!!

Angela Conley
College Admission Expert VentureForth

Can the number of times you contact a college impact your chances?

My answer, "it depends." Many institutions note the number of visits to websites and even log the number of calls or exchanges with student online respondents. The truth is that for some colleges and universities, actions such as these can impact decisions with regard to waitlist and scholarships. Professed earnestness within the context of evident interest can be impactful. More importantly for me, students and families who invest the energy and time to research schools of potential interest, will hopefully, make a more informed college choice.