Should I try and network with admissions officers or professors during a college visit?

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Should I try and network with admissions officers or professors during a college visit?

Tira Harpaz
Founder CollegeBound Advice

Should I try and network with admissions officers or professors during a college visit?

Yes, if there's a way to do it without being too pushy. You can try and sit in on a class in which you have a particular interest and approach the professor after the class to ask a question. Although it's often difficult to meet an admissions officer unless you have a scheduled appointment or interview, if you do have such an opportunity, make the most of it by introducing yourself and saying how much you loved the tour and the campus. If you have met an admissions officer at your high school, send an email before you visit the school to see if you can stop in to talk. But whatever you do, be genuine and enthusiastic.

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder getmetocollege.org

Should I try and network with admissions officers or professors during a college visit?

The more you get to know a campus and let the campus get to know you the better. So if you can meet with admissions officers during your visit, take the opportunity. Find out the representative in charge of your area and try to make an appointment. If you have academic passions, see if you can meet with professors in that field. Admissions offices can often help you coordinate those contacts. You can also attend classes and even visit a professor during his or her office hours--these are usually posted online. Always follow up with a thank you note and make sure to mention these interactions in your application.

Brittany Maschal
Founder/Director B. Maschal Educational Consulting

Should I try and network with admissions officers or professors during a college visit?

Yes, absolutely! Introduce yourself to any admissions officers you meet at info sessions, tours, college fairs, etc. The same goes for current students, alumni and faculty. If you sit in on a class make sure to introduce yourself to the prof. or TA and even other students and get their email/contact info if possible. The more people you meet that you are able to speak with the more perspective you are able to gain regarding the school. Get their emails, keep in touch, ask questions if/when they come up during the process. Do not be shy to reach out to individuals during the college process. If they are unable or unwilling to reply, they won't; although most are happy to help answer prospective students questions.