How important is it to visit each college and network with the admissions reps?

College Search

Our counselors answered:

How important is it to visit each college and network with the admissions reps?

Lily Trayes
Founder and CEO Ivy League Placement

How important is it to visit each college and network with the admissions reps?

Here is my video response to the question.

Pam Proctor
Author The College Hook

How important is it to visit each college and network with the admissions reps?

Here is my video response to the question.

Scott White
Director of Guidance Montclair High School

How important is it to visit each college and network with the admissions reps?

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.

Peter Van Buskirk
President The Admission Game

Don’t be a “Ghost Applicant”

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. Here’s the tip: as you have important questions about the college’s academic program, its admission requirements, etc, direct them by email to the person who recruits in your area. Let him/her be your “go to” person at that institution. The key is to be careful not to abuse this relationship. If you engage this person purposefully and respectfully, you give yourself an opportunity to develop a relationship that could be helpful later in the admission process.

Laurie Nash

Visiting each college

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.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

Importance of College Visits

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?

Erin Avery
Certified Educational Planner Avery Educational Resources, LLC

Yield to College Admission Reps!

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. 

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting


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.

王文君 June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

show your strong interests is always a plus

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.

Connie Decker
Owner Connie Decker & Associates

Visit college and network with reps.....

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.