Very important. You don’t want to wait until orientation to find out that you hate the campus, etc.
Networking matters as garnering a relationship with admission personnel matters at at some institutions. Many colleges monitor the visits to their website, campus and Facebook pages to assess if their marketing has garnered any return. Don’t be fooled, if you have not met the requirements for said institution, your personal relationship will not overrule a lack of merit or qualifications. However, if you meet the criteria and you made a “connect” it may deliver a third read or curry singular interest. In now way would I say it will definitively “make the case” for your application or appeal.
It is essential that students visit colleges in which they are seriously interested. A key term in the industry that relates to this question is “Demonstrated Interest.” Simply put, this is the level of interest you have shown a college during the application process. Another term that ties directly to your interest level is “Yield.” Yield is the percentage of accepted students who untimely enroll. Many selective colleges place great emphasis on increasing their yield. The most recent statistics reveal that Harvard had the highest yield in the nation. In addition, you will notice other colleges boasting about increased yield such as Bates College this past fall. In a 2010 survey of admission counselors about factors that are considered important, demonstrated interest appeared on the list at more colleges than other factors like letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities. The more interest you reveal to a college, the greater the potential you will attend if accepted. Make official visits, follow-up with thank you notes to specific individuals, and keep in touch appropriately with admissions representatives. Beyond your visit reflecting well on your interest level, it also gives you the opportunity to step foot on campus. Pictures, videos, and online virtual tours are helpful, but nothing replaces the campus visit.
Visiting allows you to make a connection and have a gut feeling. It allows you to interact with students, see the campus in action, and allows the admissions office to know you and what makes you special.
This answer depends on the school, but the safe answer is that all schools like to know that their candidates are truly interested in finding out more about the campus. Many colleges take into account “demonstrated interest” when they are reviewing applications. That means that the students who have contacted them, have visited campus, and have shown that this school is not just a thoughtless choice are going to get a closer look. All schools would love to have more of their admitted students actually enroll. While you may not be able to control who evaluates your application and how they will interpret what you submitted, you have all the power in the world over how interested you appear.
Would you get married without a date? Would you buy a house without visiting with a realtor? Of course not. Neither should you apply to college without visiting, to determine whether its programs, physical campus, and student atmosphere are a good ft for you.
In these economic times especially, not everyone can afford the luxury of visiting campuses before they apply to their college choices. I think it’s very important that all students make contact with admissions reps and if you’re one who can’t visit, let the admissions rep know that so he/she knows you are interested but can’t afford the visit. That is important!
Very important! Admission reps keep score. Every attempt you make to show your interest in a college is duly noted. If a college is too far, ask the admissions office for the names of an alumni with whom you may interview, then contact that person. If an admission rep visits your school, go up and speak with him/her, make sure your name is noted. Visit the rep at a college fair, if there is one. The more interest you show in a school, the more likely it is to consider your application.
It is always ideal to visit the campus and network with the admissions reps. There are a few reasons for this. 1) You want to make sure the campus is the right fit for you. The more you learn about the campus, the more you will know if it is a place where can succeed academically, socially and emotionally. 2) By visiting the campus and networking with the Admissions Reps, you can potentially increase acceptance likeliness. The College wants to make sure you are a good fit for them, and by visiting the campus and getting to know the admissions staff, they will more likely believe you are a good fit for the campus.
It can make a difference. There is no absolute rule and each school treats such contact differently, but demonstrated interest–campus visits, contact with the admissions rep, attendance at local open houses, etc. all show this—can be a factor in the admission process given that schools want students on their campuses who want to be there. Again, it varies from school to school, but showing your interest can never hurt. At the same time, your desire to attend only goes so far—it won’t make up for a weak record nor is it likely to torpedo a strong one. Indeed, ultimately, it is more about your record than your interest.
Not very. Colleges know they cannot reach every student and that those students will still want to apply. Some schools (Like Emory University) do include demonstrated interest as part of their admissions process, but they are open about this, and encourage prospective applicants to visit and attend info sessions. This is rare among schools though, and while visiting a school is certainly very helpful for you in deciding if you want to go there or not, it’s not a decided factor for admissions counselors.
It is important to visit each college and to network with the admissions rep because you want the college to know that you are applying intentionally…not just picking college names out of a hat and adding those colleges to your college list! Choosing to apply to a college after visiting a campus indicates to the admissions office that you liked what you saw and that you can see yourself on their campus. Meeting with an admissions rep while you are on campus is the beginning of establishing a relationship and gives the admissions rep a “person” to fight for during the admissions process instead of just a file. College admissions reps recognize that visiting a campus far from home is not always an option so there are a few things you can do to establish a releationship with the admissions rep if you cannot visit:
It is only marginally important to spend your final high school years trying to visit ever college you are interested in and reaching out to admissions reps. For most teens, their primary focus is the school work and allotting enough time to do well in these courses. Being there are only 24 hours in a day, campus visits are important (and often best started in 9th grade) but should not be the most important thing on your agenda. Quite literally, your academic profile is paramount not your “contacts.”
I think knowing the admission reps can be a great benefit for an applicant. If the admission rep knows your name, your story, and your circumstances, I have seen where that admission rep “fights” for that student to be admitted to their university. Sometimes, the admissions rep can even have some pull on scholarship money and committees. Visiting campuses is also a great benefit for the applicant. There is only so much a website, friends, or an admissions rep can tell you about a campus. Going to visit is the best way to know about the climate of a campus–friendliness, activities, competitiveness, spirit, etc, etc.
It is extremely important to realize early on in the admissions process the importance of networking. Any opportunity that presents itself that allows you to speak one-on-one with an admissions representative should be time well spent advocating for yourself and articulating the authentic desire you have in admission to their college. Always follow-up with an email or hand written card to the admissions representative you spoke to thanking them for their time. Remember NETWORKING is essential throughout this process.
There is nothing like visiting campuses to help you decide whether it is right for you or not; and discovering that a college you thought would be great is actually not for you, is just as valuable as falling in love with a school during a visit. Giving the admissions representative who will read your application a real person to remember is almost always a positive thing, and can certainly help you get answers to your questions when you need them.
It has become increasingly important both to visit college campuses as well as set up meetings /interviews at the admissions office. To begin with, it can be very difficult to decide which of the 3,000 plus colleges would be a “best fit” for you. Visiting campuses , in part, to determine your comfort level can be key. In addition, because students are applying to so many more colleges then they did even 5 years ago, it has become increasingly difficult for colleges to determine a given student’s “interest” in attending. The best way for schools to determine your level of interest is to literally count how much contact have you had with them. If they have no record of your attending information sessions, interviewing or coming to their Open Houses then they consider you a “stealth” applicant ( someone who has flown under their radar). This can seriously impact your chances of acceptance!
Visiting your top 5 or so colleges is very important. Regarding the importance of networking with admission reps., it depends on the school. Regardless of where you are interested in attending college, you definitely want to let the college/admission rep. know that you are interested in their school. That said, don’t overdo it by being cheesy or fake.
I view this as the most important piece of college admissions. If you chose to go to a school without connecting with the admissions rep or visiting campus, it would be like an arranged marriage where you never saw your spouse. It is a big decision as to where you will attend school, much like it is a pretty big decision as to who you will marry. You may want to check your spouse out before you take the leap.
More than half of schools consider an applicant’s “demonstrated interest” when making admissions decisions. Simply put, colleges want students who want them. They don’t want to waste an offer of admission on a student who probably won’t attend. One of the best ways to show you’re genuinely interested in a school is by making a campus visit. And visiting is also the best way to get a feel for a college’s personality! So if you live within 5-6 hours of a school, by all means see it for yourself.
Attending a session on Trends in Admissions at the May IECA conference in Philadelphia last May, one of the things that Directors of Admissions talked about was demonstrated interest and the affect on student’s admission chances. One Director of Admissions from Muhlenberg College, stated that “If you live within a six hour drive of a college campus and don’t visit, they don’t know if you are really serious about their college.” Beyond them knowing about how interested you are in their college, you immediately get a certain “vibe” or feel for a campus by being on it. You can “take the pusle” of the campus which you can’t do by reading through websites, or talking to other students who have visited. Their experience and impression does not reflect what your own might be. On paper or on a webstie, you might think this is the perfect school for you and yet when you visit, you might find that the students are more conservative than you thought or more liberal than you thought. You might be looking for a beautiful college campus and find it’s not as pretty in person, though attractiveness, even in a college, is in the eye of the beholder.
Attending a session on Trends in Admissions at the May, 2011 IECA conference in Philadelphia last May, one of the things that Directors of Admissions talked about was demonstrated interest and the affect on student’s admission chances. One Director of Admissions from Muhlenberg College, stated that “If you live within a six hour drive of a college campus and don’t visit, they don’t know if you are really serious about their college.” Beyond them knowing about how interested you are in their college, you immediately get a certain “vibe” or feel for a campus by being on it. You can “take the pusle” of the campus which you can’t do by reading through websites, or talking to other students who have visited. Their experience and impression does not reflect what your own might be. On paper or on a website, you might think this is the perfect school for you and yet when you visit, you might find that the students are more conservative than you thought or more liberal than you thought. You might be looking for a beautiful college campus and find it’s not as pretty in person, though attractiveness, even in a college, is in the eye of the beholder.
It can be a big advantage to have built that relationship. If an admission rep is able to put a face to the application they are reading they will be inclined to view the application more favorably. That could cut both ways of course, if you are remembered for being rude or pushy, it could be a disadvantage.
Visiting colleges (unless distance or finances put constraints on this) is essential to the college assessment process. Experiencing the school and getting a sense of the student body is the best way to know if you would be happy and successful in that environment. Meeting admissions people at a given school can be a useful tool; it will give you a direct way to have any of your questions answered as well as a chance to demonstrate your interest in the school.
The most important part of an application is the student’s high school transcript. Assuming the GPA and rigor of curriculum are a match, many schools next look at standardized test scores. This is not applicable for test optional schools. Each school then has its own policy in terms which parts of the application it emphasizes. Colleges understand that applicants are not always able to visit-particularly the college is more that 500 miles from home. A visit demonstrates interest but is not a deciding factor. Applicants are not expected to network with admissions reps and at many schools do not even have a chance to meet with them except for the information session as many schools no longer offer on campus interviews.
The smaller the college, the more important it is. Smaller colleges care more about your desire to attend their school while larger universities usually make decisions based on your “stats”, ie grades, test scores. Let your admission rep know how much you like the college and stay in touch with them throughout the year. It could make the difference between getting in and being declined.
Visiting campuses is the best way to get a feel for what you are looking for in your college experience. You can read all the guidebooks, take virtual tours and do your research but it is often the “feeling in the guy” and the “twinkle in the eye” that tells you that a place is right for you and you can only get that feeling as you walk across a campus.
Speaking as a former admissions officer, this is actually a very important thing for students to do. Be sure that your particular admissions officer knows who you are! Also make sure that you make a good impression, use proper etiquette and manners, project yourself as an independent and responsible young adult, and express your enthusiasm for the school. Admissions officers meet many people, but remember the students who are either well prepared or completely underprepared. Keep in mind that the person you see at the college fair or speak to on campus, will often times be the same person who is reading your application. Any time you have the opportunity to get in touch with these people make a good impression, as it can be the difference maker when the admissions officer is reading your application.
Despite the fact that admissions departments are now largely money-focused, it is still true that college admissions is a people business.
Colleges take note of a student’s demonstrated interest, by visiting and networking with admissions reps students can do that.
Is it: Important, Very Important or merely considered (and sometimes even “not considered”)
If it is ‘very important’ to establish interest:
Do your homework about the college: includes mission statement, majors, diversity etc.
Visit the campus by appointment.
Ask questions that show genuine interest or Ask to be interviewed by a student of admissions rep.
While it isn’t a requirement, it is important for you to visit colleges in general, just to get a taste of what campuses are like. It serves you very well to visit the campuses to which you will be applying. It shows the campus that you are interested enough to see who they are and what they offer. Most applications now ask “Why (name of college)?” How will you pursue your goals on our campus? This is difficult, although not impossible, to answer if you haven’t been on the campus. Networking with admission reps not only gets you more information; it also lets the college know that you have maintained interest in that campus.
The student who makes it clear that they can really see themselves at school XYZ is on the right track. When it comes down to the final seats left to fill in the class of 20XX, a student who has made an impression on someone, checked out the campus if it is within 6 hours of home, or been in contact with the school asking pertinent questions, will be remembered first. Not only will you be making your interest known, but you may discover in the process that the fit isn’t as right as you thought. The more information you can gather about a school, the better informed your decision will be.
The student who makes it clear that they can really see themselves at school XYZ is on the right track. When it comes down to the final seats left to fill in the class of 20XX, a student has made an impression on someone, checked out the campus if it is within 6 hours of home, or been in contact with the school asking pertinent questions, will be remembered first. Not only will you be making your interest known, but you may discover in the process that the fit isn’t as right as you thought. The more information you can gather about a school, the better informed your decision will be.
students should consider college selection process more serioulsy and find different ways of showing strong interests as applicants other than application essay.
try to take time visiting colleges, no more than two per day and take time to speak to admissions reps.
students should also consider to visit departments during the college visit.
sometimes, professiors can help you as well.
How important is it to you to be accepted to college?
Most of America’s top colleges care about rankings (perhaps even more than applicants’ parents) therefore when a college extends an offer to a student, whether or not that students attends effects that college’s rankings. It’s called “yield”. Therefore, many selective colleges want some indication that it is among your first choices before they extend to you that fat envelope. Before you get that offer, however, you have to impress the admissions representative. The ability to put a face with a name could be the differentiating factor.
I realize it is difficult for a student to visit every college to which he/she is sending an application, but without a visit you are choosing the PR firm the college has hired. A campus visit can quickly let a student know if he/she is interested in applying. How do you know the answer? It is a gut feeling and one that is often correct.
It is critical that you understand that colleges don’t have to admit you simply because you have the numbers (and extracurricular activities) to justify it. Before an admission committee decides to offer admission to you, it is likely to look for evidence that you will enroll if accepted. ED is the obvious solution, but if you aren’t ready to commit, you can’t go that route. As a result, you want to make sure your interest in the college is known. That’s why it is important to build relationships with the college reps who recruit in your area. Why? They are usually the first to evaluate your credentials in the admission process. Do you want to appear to them as though you are a stranger—or a candidate whose application materialized out of thin air? Students—and very good students at that—whose level of interest is open to question quite often find themselves on the Wait List.
It is definitely important to visit if you can and if you are in a radius of 150 miles I think you absolutely must visit. Before you go, try to set up a private appointment or an interview with the admission officer responsible for your geographic area. Demonstrated interest often (but not always) plays a role in the application process. Most importantly, if you visit a college you will have a first-hand impression of the school. Do you feel that you can be happy and successful there?
Small colleges with average to low yields (the numbers of accepted students who attend) put a much high priority on perceived interest of the students and the students who be aware of ways to maximize the measurement of their interest: visits, interviews, etc.
Here is my video response to the question.
If you’re given the opportunity to speak with an admission officer or professor during your visit, you should definitely do so! Being able to connect your face with your application will help your admission counselor when it comes time to review your materials as you’ve suddenly gone from “Joe from Montana” to “Joe- that really funny guy who wore a cowboy hat to his interview and is passionate about radio broadcasting…we even let him be a guest on our afternoon radio show while he was visiting from Montana!” See how that changes things? As for meeting with professors…if you want to get a sneak-peek at who you’ll be spending a lot of time with over the next 4 years, it’s not a bad idea. Faculty members are also great people to ask about alumni outcomes as most of them probably still keep in touch with graduates. In fact, they may also be wiling to connect you with alumni who are working in the field you are interested in pursuing.
The college visit is important for you, the student, to be sure that the college is right for you. A visit helps admissions folk know that you are seriously considering their institution, and that your application is serious. Networking always helps in both regards, but is not the most important element in the process. Being in contact with the admissions office, by visiting or by any other form of contact, helps establish your focus on them and gives both you and the admissions office a chance to gather more information.
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