How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

College Search

Our counselors answered:

How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

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

How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

Mention it in your essay(s), but it should have been revealed at your interview - you did have one, didn't you?

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

Early action is another way to indicate it. The student can mention it in an interview.

Angelina Modica
SUNY Fredonia

How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

Get your application in early! Also, if you are applying to school for music or a different art, schedule your audition or portfolio review early so that you have the best chance of getting accepted. Also, don't be afraid to talk to the head of your anticipated department. You can show them how much you are interested in their university as well.

Geoff Broome
Assistant Director of Admissions Widener University

How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

Let the admissions counselor know. When an admissions counselor visits your school, or you go to the college on a visit, let them know. They will certainly take note of that.

Lora Lewis
Educational Consultant Lora Lewis Consulting

How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

Don't be afraid to reach out to admissions officers to let them know that you're applying and that their school is at the top of your list. Get in touch by email or phone and ask thoughtful, relevant questions about the school and its programs that will make your sincere interest apparent. If you have the opportunity to meet admissions folks in person at college fairs or on campus visits, this is also a great way to make contact. Strive to make your interactions with officials courteous and professional, and while it's fine to get in touch a few times, don't go overboard: No one wants to be an "admissions stalker".

Jessica Brondo
Founder and CEO The Edge in College Prep

How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

Sometimes sending in one extra letter to a school explaining why this is your first choice is not a bad idea. The letter must have a good reason other than ‘it’s the highest ranked school I’m applying to” of course, but you should explain what about the school made you feel that you were a great fit for their culture, and what you could offer the school that would make them want you to be a part of the student body, and what the school had that you would love to be a part of, whether it’s a specific research project, their philosophy towards education, certain groups on campus that are unique to that school etc. Remember that you should point out not just what the school can do for you, but what you can do for the school.

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

Demonstrated interest through campus visits, regional admission events, alumni interviews and video conferencing and college fairs are all ways that students can show a school that they are interested in attending their campus in the Fall.

Patricia Aviezer
President Inside Track To College, Inc.

How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

Demonstrated Interest Do you know what a YIELD is? YIELD: The percentage of accepted students who will enter a college or university in the freshman class; these students have received formal acceptance notices and must respond by May 1 with their intention to enroll. The more competitive the school, the higher the yield percentage. Colleges are always trying to get a "sense" of which students are seriously interested in THEM. Beside using their Early Application Plans, here are some strategies that will help you send the "right" signals to your "first choice" college: 1. Attend their Open Houses 2. Set up a "Formal Campus Visit" through the Admission Office 3. If you have a major in mind, contact the Department Head to explore their program and make them aware of your talents. 4. Attend College Fairs and sign-in at their table 5. Been invited to the college's "Breakfast" locally? Plan to attend. 6. Got an Interview at the college, make sure you do your homework before you go and ask them questions that will really demonstrate your depth of knowledge about them. 7. Is this college visiting your high school? If they are, attend this session and be prepared to ask questions. 8. Attend events on the campus--go to their theater performances, sports events, gallery openings. Talk to people when you're there, you'll be more knowledgeable about the university after that exposure and feel more confident about your decision that this college really is your "first-choice."

Deborah Heller
Director of College Counseling Beacon School

How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

Tell Them! When in an interview, writing why you want to go there, or speaking to an admissions rep let them know that it is your top choice. Also, just showing interest can help them to understand how passionate you are. The fact that you did an interview, took the time to visit, and made the effort to email a rep to ask questions lets them know that you are seriously considering their school.

Edward LaMeire
CEO LaMeire College Consulting (lameirecollegeconsulting.com)

How do you indicate to a school that they are your first choose besides early decision?

Call them every single day. Obviously, don't do this. What should you do? It's like the first rule of creative writing: show, don't tell. Do: Go to information sessions and meet the representative. Go to high school visits and do the same. Try to visit the school and take advantage of all of the ways you can get to know the school. Try to get an interview. Get the name of your regional rep, and at least email them so they know who you are. Really get to know the school, the profs in your major, and so forth. Don't: Stalk Be weird Assume that "interest" in a school is a super-important factor in admissions. It matters, but not too much. What matters more? How much you'll fit in with the general feel of the school. Because of this, you really need to get to know the place.