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?

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

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

Many schools ask students to write a supplemental essay that effectively asks "why us?" Students can use this essay to describe how and why the school best matches what he or she is looking for and how they plan to contribute the school.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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!

Debra

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

Contact them. Ask questions of the admissions counselor. Visit the college. Like the college page on Facebook. Subscribe to any newsletters they might offer. Visit that college's table at the local college fair. In other words, make contact in anyway you can. They will know that you are serious.

Andrew Belasco
CEO College Transitions LLC

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

There are several ways to indicate preference for an institution, some more explicit than others. Requesting information via the a college's website site, "following" a college (via Facebook or Twitter), applying Early Action, visiting campus, attending high school visits (by a college's admissions officer), and arranging for an interview are all ways to demonstrate enthusiastic interest. The latter provides you an opportunity to explicitly communicate to an an admissions officer that College "X" is your first choice. You may also do this by writing a (very brief) letter or email to the admissions counselor who is assigned to your area.

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.

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.