How High School Seniors Can Demonstrate Interest

How High School Seniors Can Demonstrate Interest

The 2017 school year is here. Or will be here in mere weeks. For students and parents who part of the class of 2018, the time is now to schedule the possible last round of visits to schools and figure out if Early Decision or Early Action is an option.


Isn’t it too early for that?

Maybe, but I don’t think so. Your “competition”, other students and families who have identified that certain schools will be ED or EA are preparing their applications and beginning to demonstrate interest to the admissions officers who will be reading their files.


REALLY???!!! In August?!!!

Absolutely. After being in this industry for 20 years, I am a big believer that the “early bird catches the worm.” While actual applications might not be submitted until mid-September or October, it is wise for rising seniors to start demonstrating interest now.


And how do they do that?


First and foremost, rising seniors need to make sure that their senior curriculum is strong. Not having a challenging course load suggests that seniors are taking the “year off” and that’s a no-no. When a college admissions rep either meets a senior in person or begins to read their file, the first question they ask is: what classes is this senior taking?

This is critical.


The next way a senior can demonstrate interest is to attend local receptions and/or the high school visit from the regional admissions representative. Getting some face time is always good. Although some popular schools will have local fall receptions that resemble meat markets, make an attempt or check with your school counselor to see if the college or university will be visiting your high school in September or October.


Introduce yourself (student) to an admissions representative via email. This is tricky. You don’t want to be a pain, but instead, you want to ask informed questions about the school, a certain program or your application status with the intention of building a rapport. This is much more likely to be effective at a smaller college or university, but larger schools have admissions reps who human beings and like it when students take the initiative to advocate for themselves. In any case, we should talk before you dive into doing this unnecessarily.


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