Advice for Seniors

Advice for Seniors

Make a Great First Impression

Fall is travel season for College Admission Counselors, and we discussed that more in depth in this previous blog. But what that means is that Admission Counselors are out scouring the country for the best students to attend their college. They visit high schools, attend college fairs and conduct interviews. These are all great opportunities for potential applicants to meet with Counselors and make a great first impression.

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Advice for Seniors, Applications

Deferred from a top choice college? There ARE things you can do.

It happens a lot these days because more and more students are applying Early Action and Early Decision to their favorite colleges. And if colleges can’t decide whether to accept or deny you from the Early pool, they may defer you, which means hold off and evaluate your application again with the rest of the Regular applications.

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Advice for Seniors, Advice From Inside

Advice From Inside: How to Wow at a College Fair

Fall… the leaves fall off the trees, the kids go back to school, and admission counselors travel around the country in search of students who would be a good match for their college.  Our Advice from Inside blog series continues, as we tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience of our counseling staff to bring you real advice that can make a difference.


This week, we asked our counselors, “When you worked in Admissions, what was one thing students could do at a college fair or during a high school visit, that would make them stand out?”  Here are the responses:


“Students who are attending a college fair can print up business cards, with all of their pertinent information to hand out to reps.”


“Read up on the school that’s visiting and ask a thoughtful question whose answer can’t be found on the website.”


“Shake my hand and introduce yourself first.”


“Eye contact. Handshake. Introduce yourself.  Ask a question. Ask for a business card.”


“Approach the rep with confidence, and exude enthusiasm about an academic passion.”


“Mention that you have already visited my school.”


“Follow up with a quick thank you email and mention something we talked about.”


“Show me that you know something about my school.  Instead of, “do you offer study abroad,” ask “I was reading about your study abroad program in Italy; can you tell me more about that?””



Consider these tips before meeting with Admission Reps during college fairs, or when they come visit your high school.  Remember that the Reps you meet will likely be the ones who do the first read of your application.  It helps them to put a face to the name on the paper and when they can think back to a positive interaction they had with you.



Advice for Seniors

When the news isn’t good news: what to do about deferments and waitlists


You’ve been patiently waiting for that first envelope, but when it comes, it’s not the ACCEPT you’ve been hoping for. A rejection is one thing: at least then you have a definitive answer and can move on. But, what if you hear: “You’ve been waitlisted,” or “Your Early Action application has been deferred to our regular admission pool”? These responses from colleges can be confusing to students and parents, but Campus Bound is here to help. Below are some tips and the steps you can take to increase your chances when your application is reviewed a second time around.

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