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Advice for Families of Prospective Students

让我们面对现实吧. The college search process is a long and difficult task. 这需要时间 searching the internet, attending various college fairs, 访问ing schools and reading 无数的宣传册. Here is some quick advice, Parents and Families, to help 你经历了这个过程.

1)早点开始!

It is hard to get your student to realize time flies their senior year. 等待 the last minute to begin looking at colleges does nothing to help the student. 开始 looking at colleges during the junior year or summer before your student begins his/her 大四(或更早). This allows you to help your student narrow down his/her 前五名的选择.  This also makes you aware of any application or scholarship deadlines your student needs to know about.

2)参加大学博览会!

Want help narrowing down your student’s list of college choices? 参加大学博览会. They are free and are a way to allow 你的孩子 to get quick questions answered about class size, major and cost (or whatever other “make or break” information you need 要知道).  This also allows students to get on mailing lists from schools.

Quick suggestion: Have your student create labels to paste on college information 卡片. It allows students to hit more tables in a short amount of time and allows colleges to be able to read the 卡片. Information you should include are: Name, address, phone, email (VERY IMPORTANT), intended major/areas 感兴趣的, GPA (weighted and 不加权)和SAT/ACT成绩. 

3) Have your student acquire a Professional 电子邮件 Address!

Make sure your student creates a professional email address just for the college search process and make sure (s)he checks it regularly. If your student has an email address like joeschmorocksurworld@email.com或Iwannagotoxschool@email.可能是a good idea to have her/him change it to john.doe.com.  这些电子邮件地址 do not always show your student in a positive light and, furthermore, the more unusual the email address, the more potential there is for misspellings when staff or your student are entering the email address.  It is also advised to not use a school email (常以 .edu) as these emails often become deactivated.
电子邮件 is the primary form of communication to your student from her/his universities 感兴趣的.

4) Encourage your student to ASK QUESTIONS!

Soon, your student will be off to college. 开始 preparing them now by encouraging them to make a list of questions to ask their prospective colleges. 这很简单 例如:

  • 你每年的花费是多少?
  • can I park on campus as a freshmen,
  • 我必须住在校园里吗?
  • 你知道我的专业吗.

Helping your student come up with questions to ask at college fairs or 访问s to campus enables him/her to take the initiative and eventually become comfortable asking questions to people they do not know, and ensure you get your questions answered as well. 你 will not be there in college with your student when (s)he has a question. 帮助准备 them now by instructing them on how to ask the right questions.

5) Let your student fill out the application!

招生办公室s understand parents want to make sure their student fills out the application for admission correctly. This does not mean that the parent should complete the application for their student.  Please remember this is a formal document! It hinders the application process when parents mistakenly fill out their information 而不是他们的孩子. Also, your student will be 18 or close to it. 它们是合法的 adults and need the experience of filling out these types of forms. 相反,帮助 你的孩子. Set aside time in the evenings to fill out college applications before submission to properly ensure all information is correct.  马上申请

6)访问! 访问! 访问!

访问ing colleges allow you and your student to get a feel for the college campus and if it will be the right “fit” for him/her. It also allows you and your student to ask specific questions to admission staff and see the buildings and residence halls 第一次手.

Open House events are great to attend because it allows students and families access to all types of information in one location. Also, students will be able to meet professors that might one day be teaching their classes.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes while 访问ing colleges. 你会做很多事情 行走的. 也要带把伞. 你 never know what the weather will be like 当你到达那里.

Register online for campus events. Most colleges have specific tour times. 注册 in advance allows colleges to be aware you are coming and help you make the most of 你的旅游. If you have special needs or requests, please notify the admission office at least 24-48 hours in advance. 访问.gmxt.net

Check the college’s 校历. There might be a reason not many students are 不出门. 它可能是一个假期或休息.

If you are going to be late or need to cancel, please call the 招生办公室 让他们知道. We worry about our families that do not show!

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