A parent at a seminar last weekend asked me how students should best show interest in a college. She knew that colleges appreciated and often reward students who show a genuine interest in the school because those kids are more likely to accept an offer of admission.
The truth is that no expression of interest—including attending a college fair, making a personal connection to an admissions officer, visiting the school, etc.—is as effective as just applying to the right schools in the first place is. A student who does some thoughtful college soul searching, who deliberately and thoughtfully searches for and finds the right colleges for her– her interest will be apparent because it’s real. She’ll have good answers to the “Why this college?” question. She’ll just fit the school. She’s more likely to attend if admitted, and her application will show it.
Here are a few more Collegewise tips to show interest in a college. But even they only work if you’ve looked for and found the right schools.