In this post we’ll discuss what a successful Campus visit should look like and give you a specific interview strategy to use during your visit(s).
A campus visit is a great way to learn more about a college and it’s vitally important to attend during a typical day when classes are in session and not on the official campus visit day when the red carpet is rolled out. Your student will want to experience an average day on which they can attend a class, visit the Student Union and Library, eat cafeteria food, and speak with as many current students on campus as possible.
Visits should begin early in your student’s senior year of high school in order to help them narrow down their final decision. At this point the applications have already been submitted and you are conducting your due diligence.
Guideline for a Successful Campus Visit:
Whenever possible schedule meetings with not only the head of the admissions department but with the Chairperson of the department you want to major in as well. During the meeting your aim is to strategically redirect the interviewing process from them interviewing you to you doing the interviewing. This will allow you to demonstrate qualities that will set you apart from the other interviewees.
As the interview begins you will probably be asked why you want to attend their school. This is a great opportunity to redirect the process by answering something to this order:
As mentioned earlier, if you feel the interview went well don’t be afraid to ask for an endorsement and an acceptance recommendation. Make sure you have the name of your contact in admissions available.
You now have a plan of action in order to maximize your Campus visits and help yourself stand head-and-shoulders above the crowd! Make it happen!