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?

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.

Leigh Moore
College Counselor College Admissions Planning, LLC

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

I think it depends on the college and the kinds/numbers of contacts in question. Having an aunt who went to the college 20 years ago is different than your dad playing golf with the provost. My own children have (literally) 14 relatives who graduated from a certain selective university, but it seems that they will have to make their own way; legacy SAT scores are actually trending higher at that particular university than scores of the rest of the acceptees, which means it's actually tougher to be admitted. (I will clarify that I don't think there is a bias against legacies per se, but that the school is simply reaching into different demographic segments, and with more fervor). Reach out to all your contacts, though. Even if a contact cannot provide direct assistance/influence, they often can help indirectly, by letting you know more about the institution and the best practices for admittance.

Zahir Robb
College Counselor The Right Fit College

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

College admissions officers want to know that if accepted, a student will attend. You can demonstrate your interest in a school through "contacts". If a college fair is in your area, visit the booth and fill out a card; email the admissions office; visit the campus; etc. There are many ways to show that you are interested and if there is a decision between you and another candidate, this may just push you over the edge.

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.

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

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

Yes of course it matters as it is considered Demonstrated Interest each time a student reaches out to a college or university. Think of it this way - when applying for a job each time you contact the potential employer they get a sense of who your are, your focus on their company, your professionalism and the job you are trying to obtain. Getting an admissions team to "look" at you is no different. The more you are genuinely interested in them the more they become interested in you!

Heather Tomasello
Writing Coach The EssayLady, LLC

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

Obviously you don't want to make a nuisance of yourself. However, if you have specific questions regarding the universities you are applying to (that aren't answered on the university's website,) why not contact their admissions office and ask? The caveat here is that you ask politely, and do not call every day. Being “one of those” students can actually hurt your chances of admission, as admissions officers don’t want problem students or parents. If in doubt, ask your guidance counselor to reach out. Questions to Ask Admissions Offices 1. How many applications do you expect to receive, and how many students will be offered admission? 2. How much weight is given to the essay as part of the whole application? 3. How many people evaluate each application? 4. What kind of rubrics are used? Admissions officers should have no problem answering these questions for you. It always shocks me as I work with students how little they take advantage of this resource.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

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

Demonstrated interest is the term used today when referring to campus contact. While some schools will log and make note of any email, phone, mail, or in person visits and take that as a sign of interest; other schools don't care or take the time to track those contacts. Those schools who care about your interaction with their campus do so because they see it as a way of determining how likely you are to enroll, should you be offered admission. Schools would much rather enroll students who sincerely want to be there, than those who are "phantom apps", meaning they have never heard of the student until the application is submitted. While there is no magic number of contacts, make sure you don't over do it and become a pest.

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.

Penny Deck
Owner Champion College Counseling

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

While contacts will definitely matter for schools who "track interest", it won't make a bit of difference to others that are so large and have so many applicants they cannot possibly track contacts. So, your goal is to discover which schools track interest and make sure you "show the love" to those that do. As a rule, smaller, liberal arts colleges are more concerned with your interest level. Larger, public universities find they cannot possibly track this information. Bottom line - contact and visit those schools who track interest making your interest in them known and certainly contact the other schools when you need information but don't think it will make a difference in the application decision.