Frequently parents tell me they don’t want to waste time taking their sons or daughters to see colleges they might not get into. Below is a story from another consultant on what can happen when you decide to wait.
EF’s, the consultant, initials, recently shared this story.
A young relative had several certainties about his college application season:
1 Hew knew everything he need to about college applications.
2. He would be accepted at Hopkins, his first choice
3. He didn’t need to visit University of Michigan, a less desirable choice, until he was admitted.
Unfortunately, his karma dictated an outright rejection by Hopkins and a wait list by the University of Michigan. In disbelief, he contacted his consultant relative for advice on what to do. EF helped him draft a letter accepting his position on the wait list and describing why he is a great fit for UMich. The student chose a great major and had researched some of the professors; he was an academic fit; his high school leadership was extensive and appropriate. EF suggested completing the letter with a mention of his mother’s graduation from UMich and details about his visit to campus. Alas, no visit had been made
How could he say UMich was his number one choice (as now it was) when he hadn’t bothered to show up, literally and figuratively, missing opportunities to connect with the admissions office? His escape from the wait list became questionable.
Far too many students discount the value of a campus visit until they find themselves in a bind because the sure bet college didn’t admit them and the more realistic alternatives begin to look very good.
So, I’ll say it again, COLLEGE VISITS MATTER, to you and to them. If you care enough to send the very best- yourself– then give them some love before you apply.