Let’s face it… there is a lot of technology out there to make the college application process easier for you. There are many online tools to help you research colleges and apply online. You can even apply to schools in your pajamas without leaving home.
With this technology at our fingertips, we can sometime forget that a great education is a human process. It is about interacting with others in a variety of ways. So don’t just sit back, reach out!
Admission offices around the country want to get to know you as a person. We can’t do that if we don’t hear from you. The most successful applicants aren’t just submitting an online application and waiting for a decision. They are reaching out to colleges and communicating their strengths as an applicant.
As you fine-tune your college search, the admission staff at F&M strongly recommends staying visible in the application process by reaching out and expressing interest in your college choices. By asking questions and expressing enthusiasm for a school, you can make your application stand apart by showing you have the initiative to tell us why you’re a great fit.
Here are some tips to staying visible in the application process:
Visit Colleges – There is no better way to show you are a serious applicant. Change out of your pajamas and come to campus! You’ll learn a lot on your visit, and you’ll leave with plenty of information to strengthen your application.
Interview – Many colleges recommend interviews because they want to get to know you. By sharing a conversation with a college representative, you’ll put a face and a story to your application. It is also your opportunity to interview the school to see if it is a good fit for you.
Contact Your Admission Representative – Many colleges like Franklin & Marshall assign a specific admission representative to you. Find out who that person is and send them an email. You don’t even need to ask a question; it’s OK just to introduce yourself. Admission representatives enjoy working with students and want to get to know future applicants.
Pick Up the Phone - When in doubt, call. If you have a question about your application or the college, just call the admission office. They are trained to help you find the information you need. You may also have the opportunity to tell us a little bit more about yourself.
College Fairs – If one of your top choice schools is at a college fair at your high school, stop by the table to introduce yourself. Sometimes a handshake and a quick hello is all it takes to make a great impression.
Good luck with your college search. And remember, colleges really want to get to know you. Create the chance for us to learn what makes you different.