High School Seniors: Now's the Time to Contact Prospective Colleges

By Catherine Groux
Posted February 11, 2013 12:00 PM

High school seniors should consider emailing prospective colleges this month.
High school seniors should consider emailing prospective colleges this month.

Most high school seniors have already submitted their college applications and are now waiting to hear back from their prospective schools. This time certainly requires a great deal of patience, but students should not feel that all they can do is sit back and wait. The New York Times recommends seniors use the month of February to reach out to the colleges they have not heard back from yet to remind admissions officials just how interested they are in attending their institutions.

These students can send a quick email to the regional admissions representative at each of their prospective schools. If they are unsure of who this individual is, the Times states that most colleges list their staff members on the college admissions section of their websites.

The email does not have to be long, and can simply remind admissions officials that students' mid-year grades were sent to the college and inform them of any new accolades applicants have received since sending in their application.

While this might seem simplistic, the Times states that if a student is a borderline candidate, keeping in touch with regional admissions officials might mean the difference between an acceptance and rejection letter. However, Jennifer Teisher, the assistant director of admission at Pennsylvania's Lebanon Valley College (LVC), said this often depends on the individual school.

"Each institution will most likely have their own recommendations," Teisher said. "At LVC, we encourage students to visit campus and meet with us at any point of their search. Although interviews are not required, we value the opportunity to learn more about a student beyond the information provided on the transcript. I would imagine that many admission offices would love to see a student take initiative by inquiring about their application and what they can do to be a good applicant to the college." 

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