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The Why of College Visits

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.

U Michigan

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.

List of Colleges Still Accepting Applications

Its May and if you didn’t get a Yes! from the colleges where you applied, the National Association of College Admissions Counseling publishes a list universities and colleges with openings, housing and financial aid.


Good luck!

In Praise of Non-Ivy Universities and Colleges

I write this for all college bound students in any grade but especially for those who are waiting to hear their fate from the colleges to which you have applied.

Many of you have worked for years to achieve the statistics that certain prestigious colleges expect.  Others have carefully created a yellow brick road to much desired outcome that begins with college admission.

College is not a destination, its a tool.

The name of the institution you attend will not determine your future.  You do that by what you accomplish and what you learn.  At the bottom of this post is a link to Frank Bruni’s article, How to Survive the College Admissions Madness.

Many  of you will not get into your first choice but will lead successful, fulfilled lives anyway.

“For every person whose contentment comes from faithfully executing a predetermined script, there are at least 10 if not 100 who had to rearrange the pages and play a part they hadn’t expected to, in a theater they hadn’t envisioned. Besides, life is defined by setbacks, and success is determined by the ability to rebound from them. And there’s no single juncture, no one crossroads, on which everything hinges.”

Bruni looked up the CEOs of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies.  Only one attended an Ivy League or Tier 1 university as an undergraduate.

“{T]he nature of a student’s college experience — the work that he or she puts into it, the self-examination that’s undertaken, the resourcefulness that’s honed — matters more than the name of the institution attended.”

Seniors, I wish you the best of luck in your acceptances and in your college career.  May you have the good fortune to attend a university that  will stimulate you and push you to succeed.

College is a tool.  Juniors and younger, I hope that you will appreciate the value of knowing how to make the most of its benefits.  Consider the cost in terms of debt as well as your self-worth when building a list of colleges to apply to.  Most students end up in the right place even if it isn’t where they thought they were going.

Here’s what Bruni has to say: