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

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

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.

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".

Ashley Pepsin

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

We don't know you love us unless you tell us! Many schools will require or offer interviews. Interviews are HUGE. I cannot emphasize enough how important interviews are as they can often make (or break) a college admissions decision. Take advantage of interviews and make sure you indicate not just that you love us, but why. Why do you feel as though you are a good fit? Show us that you've thought about it a bit more deeply than, "This is where my boyfriend is already going, so I want to go here, too." Do some research, do some soul-searching, and reflect on why we are truly the best option for you. Also, make sure you visit campus. Dedicating time and resources to a campus visit demonstrates interest. Lastly, develop relationships with your admission counselor! We have a radar and know who is on it. Make yourself known if you want to be included on it!

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.

Zahir Robb
College Counselor The Right Fit College

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

Demonstrated interest helps. This means that you have visited the campus, requested information and/or met with admissions representatives. You are much more likely to accept an admissions offer from a campus that you have demonstrated interest in, over a campus that you found online.

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.

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.

Yana Geyfman

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

Usually on a common application and/or on the individual college's/university's application there is a question where students provide where else they applied/also in their personal statement/additional comments they can indicate that this school is number one for them.

Karen Ekman-Baur
Director of College Counseling Leysin American School

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

If you are writing an essay that would just be going to that one first-choice school, you could perhaps include that information in your essay somehow. You could also ask your Guidance Counselor to include your preference in the recommendation letter he/she writes for you. Care should, of course, be taken to ensure that that comment is only included on the letter going to your first-choice school! If you're indicating a first choice, it would be beneficial to indicate a reason/reasons why you feel that way. Some reasons would obviously not be very convincing - "All my friends are going there", "I've always wanted to go to an Ivy League school", "My boyfriend/girlfriend is going there", etc. Your reasons should have to do with what you know about what the school offers and how you would fit into that environment.

Michelle Aronoff
Guidance Counselor

Essays and Interviews

You could address it in the essay you submit with your application for that school. Explain why you want to go there and why it would be a natural fit for you. You can also call and arrange an interview with either an admissions counselor or an alumni. This is always recommended when you have a deep interest because they get to know the real you, not just the person on paper.