Does it matter how many contacts a student has with the school?

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Does it matter how many contacts a student has with the school?

Jenny Rickard
Chief Enrollment Officer Bryn Mawr

Does it matter how many contacts a student has with the school?

Here is my video response to the question.

Jenny Rickard
Chief Enrollment Officer Bryn Mawr

Does it matter how many contacts a student has with the school?

Here is my video response to the question.

Nina Berler
Founder unCommon Apps

Contacts with a School

There is no set number of contacts a student should make with a college or admission reps. Certainly, the student should check with his or her counselor or the college website to get a feel for how contact will be received. Some colleges like to limit contacts, especially during busy season or when the school is evaluating waitlist candidates. Students do not want to seem annoying or desperate, and neither do their counselors. When should a student contact a school? Usually, he or she should do this when there is an important development which affects the candidacy. This could be an academic or athletic award or other form of recognition that enhances the profile.

Helen H. Choi
Owner Admissions Mavens

Does it matter how many contacts a student has with the school?

The precise number of contacts isn't as important as the quality of that contact. Some kids just "like" the school on facebook and call it a day. Other have long chats with admissions officers at college fairs or school visits. Still other attend campus tours and informational sessions, and even sign up for optional interviews. Where the precise number of contacts may matter is if a student (and especially his/her parents) contact the school TOO MANY times. No one likes a pest, right?

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

Be Proactive

For some colleges it can make a difference. Small and mid sized colleges are more likely to consider your interest and contacts with the school in the admission decision. Will it cover for poor grades or test scores? No. Be proactive, introduce yourself and keep in touch (don't stalk the counselor!).

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

Does it matter how many contacts a student has with the school?

Obviously, this assumes phone & em contacts, but you don't want to be a pest if the answers are available w/o a phone call. However, contacting higher ups who you met (you did meet some, didn't you) on your numerous visits is a completely different matter.

Mark Gathercole
University Advisor Independent University Advising

Does it matter how many contacts a student has with the school?

It can matter, yes. It can have a positive impact if the contacts are "quality" contacts - if they are to ask good questions, to express sincere interest in the college, or to comment on the tour you took or something that has occurred at the college that interests you. No admissions officer has time for trivial contacts, but all appreciate sincere interest in their college.

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

Does it matter how many contacts a student has with the school?

It depends on the school. Some colleges track demonstrated interest and others specifically state that they do not.

Jessica Brondo
Founder and CEO The Edge in College Prep

Does it matter how many contacts a student has with the school?

Not really. Sure it might help, but ultimately schools are looking for the students that will fit best within that school. The number of kids with ‘contacts’ is never going to be enough that you will be denied a place over the kid whose mom works in human resources. Schools recognize that most students don’t have much connection with colleges, hence the lengthy application process so they can get to know you.

Kiersten Murphy
Executive Director and Founder Murphy College Consultants LLC

Does it matter how many contacts a student has with the school?

No, but you want to find the balance. You do want to express your genuine interest, but at the same time, you don't want to overwhelm (or annoy) the admissions staff. Be respectful of their time.