Twelve Ways to Get the Most Out of Admitted Student Days

Seniors, congrats on all your hard work and on being admitted to college. Can you believe you will attend college in just a few short months? All your hard work is about to pay off, but…you still have to choose your destination! Now is the time to learn as much as possible about what it would be like to attend the schools you are considering.

Suppose you can visit campuses and attend their admitted student events. In that case, they can be efficient ways to learn quickly, as colleges usually make lots of people and resources available for these events.

Survival tactics for parents on college tours
Admitted students’ day can be a great time to solidify your college decision.

12 ways to get the most out of an admitted student day

1. Don’t be shy, and remember that you are the customer

Jump into the events, participate in as many as possible, and ask questions. You have already been accepted, so you don’t have to worry about being judged by admissions! You are considering investing in your education at this campus, so you have every right to get the answers and information you need to make a good decision. 

2. Talk to as many current students as possible

Many will be working and speaking at the events. Take advantage of any opportunity to ask them about their experiences, your burning questions about student life, and any concerns you may have. 

3. Pay attention to who else is attending the event

Although not all of them will choose the campus, some will likely be your future classmates if you do. 

4. Participate in a formal campus tour if you have not yet done that

The guide will likely be a student, who you can pepper with questions as you tour! 

5. If possible, sit in on classes to get a sense of academics, teaching, and student engagement

There is no better way to get the feel of the academics at a school than to sit in on a few classes.

6. Talk to faculty, some of whom will be at the event

If you have an academic focus, try to speak to someone (faculty, student, or both) in the department and learn as much as possible about your programs of interest. 

7. Attend the club/student organization fair if offered, and visit as many of the booths/tables as you can

Of course, focus on activities of particular interest to you, but every activity will have student representatives, providing additional opportunities to talk to current students about anything.

8. Eat a meal in the dining hall

Eating a meal in the dining hall is not only a way to check out the food. It’s also one of the easiest ways to see a lot of students and observe social groups and interactions. 

9. Try to arrange meetings with anyone you might want to talk to

This could be a learning resource person, a coach, a faith leader, a diversity coordinator, or someone involved with a particular program or activity. Now is a great time to meet them.

10. Schedule a meeting with financial aid

Meeting with someone in the financial aid office will help you better understand your package or negotiate it, as this is almost always easiest to do in person.

11. Arrive early and stay late

Try to wander around outside the organized events of the day. See where students are hanging out, wander through the library to see students studying, and chat with anyone you can. Especially since these students will not be working for admissions for the event, you may get more unfiltered opinions from them. 

12. Keep your eyes and ears open

Read bulletin boards, read the school newspaper, and try to understand who is there. Imagine how you might fit, and pay attention to your feelings.

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About Stephanie Meade

Stephanie Meade has been working with teenagers and their families and the college process for 30 years. In addition to providing college guidance to hundreds of teens, she and her company, The Collegiate Edge, offered standardized test prep for 25 years, as well as academic support and mentoring to a range of students, including those with ADHD and mild learning and emotional challenges.

Stephanie is one of only 34 consultants in California who holds the designation of Certified Educational Planner, the highest level of competency awarded in the profession. She has served on a number of professional boards and committees, and on the faculty for the Independent Educational Consultants Association’s Summer Training Institute for the  newer members of the profession. She presents regularly at national conferences and community events on topics related to college planning and parenting teens, and is proud to be one of the contributing experts in College Admissions: Grown & Flown. 

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