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Leaving a Good Impression with a College Representative


According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about 50% of colleges claim that a student’s demonstrated, sincere interest in the school can be highly important in the admissions process.  There are a number of ways to demonstrate that your interest is more than just superficial.

·      Arrive early. On the day of the scheduled event, make it a point to be one of the first to arrive to meet with the admission officer.  You may have an opportunity to spend some one-on-one time and introduce yourself.  Don’t forget to ask for a business card.

·      Dress to impress.  Dress well and speak intelligently. Your demeanor and dress can leave a memorable impression.   By developing rapport and a relationship, you may be remembered as a person and not just a number.   The recruiter may even become an advocate for you come admissions time.

·      Ask a thoughtful question.  Do your research ahead of time and be prepared to ask the admissions officer questions that go above and beyond any statistics or information you can easily find on their website.

·      E-mail the rep the next day.  Write the admissions officer a short thank you e-mail, mentioning a few details from your conversation.  Make sure to include your first and last name as well as the high school that you attend.  This will help the admissions officer to remember you.  Use this e-mail to ask another follow up question and make sure you convey how enthusiastic you are about the possibility of being admitted to their school.

It is important to remember that demonstrating sincere interest leaves a lasting impression, which may be the difference between getting in or not.

For more information on college admissions, contact Dov Landau, Director of College Admissions at Top Test Prep. Top Test Prep is the elite one on one tutoring and admissions company featuring some of the best and brightest tutors and admission experts in the business.   Dov can be reached at 202-618-4474.

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