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Five ways to learn about colleges in April


By Emily Thigpen on April 1, 2013

Whether you are a senior about to decide where you are going to enroll or a junior beginning your college search, it is important to know about the variety of resources offered during the month of April that help prospective students learn about the campus community. Here is a quick overview of some of the options:

  • Accepted student visit programs: Many colleges and universities welcome accepted students to their campuses during the month of April. Whether these programs are open houses, “day in the life” visits, or overnight visits, students can learn more about the campus in a program intended just for them.
  • Accepted student online chats: Many colleges and universities organize online chats where high school students and their families can log on and ask questions of students, admission officers, and administrators. These chats are a great way to have a quick and meaningful conversation with someone connected to the campus.
  • Accepted student receptions: Many colleges and universities will travel directly to accepted students. These receptions serve as a great opportunity to engage admission officers, alumni, and current students in conversation.
  • E-mail correspondence: One of the easiest ways to have your questions answered is through e-mail. Feel free to ask a wide variety of questions or see if they can put you in touch with specific people on campus, like current students who attended your high school, professors who teach in disciplines that you are interested in studying, or undergrads who are involved in clubs and activities that you have joined.
  • Admission officers: All visiting students will have an opportunity to spend time with admission staff members during their respective campus visits. The Office of Admission staff is always interested in hearing about your experience and willing to help make it the best visit that it can be.

These different options are available to you when trying to help you decide whether or not an institution would be a good personal fit. It is in your best interest to take advantage of what schools have to offer so that you can make the most educated decision possible. Good luck!


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