They Are There to Help: Admissions Counselors
So, the time has come to begin applying for school. You have a few colleges on your list (see From High School to College) but you just can’t seem to make a decision. You’ve visited them all (which I highly suggest doing), they all seem great, but which one is best for you? How can you possibly decide? I’ll tell you one simple way that students often overlook.
Admissions counselors are the perfect people to go to when you have questions. Just like your high school counselor helps you, your college admissions counselor can too. Some colleges even have counselors assigned specifically for your school. They are often alumni that can tell you anything that you need to know. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Let them know what your plans are and the things that you are interested in. If you’re confused about a degree or major, they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
Although there’s no such thing as a bad question, “How is the ____ program?” is not as good as “How would you evaluate the ____ program and what internships/career opportunities does it offer?” Admissions counselors like when you ask questions like that. It shows that you’re interested in the school and you get more than a yes/no answer. Be yourself when you’re speaking with them, without being too casual. Also, don’t be afraid to speak with them about the other schools that you’re considering. Their number one goal is to make sure that you get exactly what you’re searching for. They want to help you find the school that best fits your interests and will develop your talents.
A brochure may list the majors offered at a school, but taking the time to talk to an admissions counselor can give you so much more insight. We can tell you what kinds of classes are included in the major, what internships might be available, who some of the interesting professors are, and what types of careers that major might lead to.
– Scott Ozaroski, associate director of admissions at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu
I called the admissions counselor for UT and, although I was nervous at first, she was able to provide answers to all of my questions and she was so nice that I was able to loosen up. The bottom line is, just be yourself and ask whatever you want. The admissions counselors for your school of choice just might be your best friends.
Good Questions to Ask:
- What is the student body personality like?
- Is everyone generally warm and inviting?
- How safe is campus security?
- What are key features to your school?
- Where is the school spirit focused (clubs, sports, academics)?
- How easy/hard is it to start a club?
- Are classes taught by professors or graduate assistants?
- What is the Student:Faculty ratio?
Admissions counselors love to talk and brag about their schools. They can really help you out in the long run so ask away! When in doubt, call the admissions office to help you out =D Good luck with your college search!