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What Are The Rules of Etiquette When Meeting a College Admissions Representative?

Are you about to attend a col­lege fair or meet the admis­sions rep­re­sen­ta­tive at your school?  Don’t for­get the rules of good eti­quette.  Just like learn­ing about table man­ners, proper intro­duc­tions, and social graces, there are some things you can do to make your expe­ri­ence as suc­cess­ful as possible.

Begin by intro­duc­ing your­self to the per­son behind the table.  A firm hand­shake and a smile will go a long way. Ask them ques­tions about their school’s admis­sions poli­cies, aca­d­e­mics, and activ­i­ties if you are one-on-one with the rep­re­sen­ta­tive. If there is a large group of peo­ple at the table, he or she may choose to give an overview of the insti­tu­tions infor­ma­tion to the group.  You may hear the answer to your ques­tions over a 15 minute period and save both you and the rep­re­sen­ta­tive time and effort. Read on for more rules of col­lege fair etiquette.

How Should You Apply to College: Early, Regular, Rolling…

The appli­ca­tion dead­line is the date by which all com­pleted appli­ca­tions are due to the col­lege. In some cases the date will be a post­mark date; in oth­ers it will be a date by which all mate­r­ial must be received. It will be help­ful to read the sec­tion called, “How to Apply” on each college’s website.

Early Action – Early Action is an admis­sion plan offered by some highly selec­tive col­leges which allows the most qual­i­fied stu­dents the com­fort of a let­ter of accep­tance in Decem­ber. The stu­dent does not have to with­draw other appli­ca­tions and does not have to accept or refuse the EA offer of admis­sion until May 1. Read more about Early Deci­sion, Rolling Admis­sion, Reg­u­lar Deci­sion, and the Waitlist.

A Few Suggestions for Testing Day

Here are some help­ful hints for the day your tak­ing your stan­dard­ized test for col­lege admis­sions. Eat well and bring a snack for the break. Bring the right sup­plies — photo ID, num­ber two pen­cils. Get to the test cen­ter site early. Wear com­fort­able clothes. Know the pro­ce­dures. Review the whole test sec­tion before you start. Answer easy ques­tions first. In the ACT, answer every ques­tion since no deduc­tions are taken for incor­rect answers. Iden­tify key words. Rephrase dif­fi­cult ques­tions. Elim­i­nate answers on mul­ti­ple choice sec­tions. Jot down your thoughts. Write neatly. Use all of the time given.

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Admissions Representative Visit with Students

Col­lege admis­sions rep­re­sen­ta­tives begin their fall vis­its in August and con­clude some­time in Novem­ber. Your high school coun­selor is prob­a­bly busy sched­ul­ing these vis­its right now. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives share infor­ma­tion with prospec­tive appli­cants and allow stu­dents time to ask per­ti­nent ques­tions about the search and appli­ca­tion process.  This is a great time for seniors and juniors, who are inter­ested in gath­er­ing data, to meet the rep­re­sen­ta­tives face-to-face.  The admis­sions offi­cer may be the one who will even­tu­ally read your col­lege application.

Here’s a list of places you may be able to meet with admis­sions representatives:

10 Ways to Start Saving for Your College Education

There are mul­ti­ple ways to pre­pare to start sav­ing for your col­lege education.

1.  A 529 Plan is a state-sponsored pro­gram designed to help par­ents finance edu­ca­tion expenses. They are admin­is­tered by cer­tain invest­ment com­pa­nies and sub­ject to con­tri­bu­tion require­ments and guide­lines. With­drawals from the account are taxed at the child’s tax rate, and any­one can con­tribute to a Sec­tion 529 plan, regard­less of their income level. In most cases, the money is invested in a port­fo­lio of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. The pro­ceeds can be used only for edu­ca­tion with­drawals for non-educational pur­poses trig­ger taxes and a 10% penalty. The invest­ment com­pany admin­is­ter­ing the account will be in con­trol of how the money is invested, and will charge an ongo­ing fee for its ser­vices. Read 9 more ways to save for college.

Please Explain Score Choice

Score Choice allows the stu­dent to for­ward the scores they choose to the col­leges or uni­ver­si­ties they are apply­ing to.  So what does a stu­dent need to know about this policy?

Here are some items to think about: SAT Rea­son­ing and Sub­ject test scores can be sub­mit­ted by test date. If a stu­dent does not choose Score Choice, all scores will be sent to the col­lege. Score Choice is optional. Stu­dents should fol­low the score-reporting require­ments of the col­leges they are apply­ing to. Col­leges will only receive the scores that the stu­dent sends to them. Indi­vid­ual sec­tions of a spe­cific test date can­not be selected—only the entire test of the par­tic­u­lar SAT will be sent. It does not cost more to send one or mul­ti­ple copies or all test scores to a col­lege. Scores can be sent by paper, CD, or Elec­tronic Score Reports.  If the stu­dent requests a sec­ond report to a col­lege, the report will only include the unique set of scores cho­sen by the stu­dent, which may or may not include pre­vi­ous test scores.

For more infor­ma­tion, check with the Col­lege Board.