- Riverdale School District
Sept. 1 College Information
Calendar of Scheduled Visits
On Friday, an email went out with a Google Calendar of future college visits. We've had another dozen universities sign up since that time, and many will continue to do so as the month goes on. There is a delay between colleges signing up for visits and that information syncing with Google. Ideally, they sort out that problem in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, it is important to note that you can get the most current list of visits in Naviance, which all of you should have set up last year. To find that info, sign into Naviance and go to "Colleges" > "College Visits".
If you are having trouble remembering your password to Naviance or if you missed all the advisories last year in which students set up and explored their accounts, please don't hesitate to let me know.
Every day that we have college visits, there will be a whiteboard in the lobby with a list of schools coming that day and the times. That information will also be on the whiteboard on the College Counseling office door.
Unless otherwise indicated, all college visits are conducted in the college counseling office. If demand for a particular school is high, we will often move over into the Maverick room so long as it is available. Some schools with traditionally high turnouts (e.g., U. of Oregon) will be hosted in a different location at the outset. All of that will be clearly indicated when you arrive in the morning.
With the exception of the lunchtime slot, all of these visits occur during class hours. Make sure to speak with your teacher and get permission to attend. If you are unable to attend due to course scheduling (e.g., if you have a test that day), come by the college counseling office and let me know. I'm more than happy to get answers to any questions that you may have as well as advertise your interest.
Generally, the admissions representative that visits our school will be the very first person to read any applications from our school. They are also often the ones charged with making the first cuts, sometimes with the feedback of a 2nd or 3rd reader. Additionally, they'll serve on the admissions committee that will make final admissions decisions.
Some schools also track "demonstrated interest", and this can prove to provide a slight advantage when applying. This is not as common at elite colleges, but there is definitely a measurable benefit at a lot of schools. So make sure to put your name down if the rep has a signup form.
As these visits are important, the way that you portray yourself and the school really matters. It is perfectly acceptable and even expected that you will come to sessions with colleges you know nothing about. That's one of the reasons they come, and I encourage you to take advantage of this. But if you know that you are going to be applying to the school in question, it would be wise to come in with some non-generic questions. It is the rep's job to know all about their school, and they will likely be the best person to ask about specific programs, campus life, study abroad programs, job placement initiatives, and the like.
Also, be prepared to come in and answer questions about yourself! This is an opportunity that admissions officers use to get a better understanding of applicants and their schools.
I look forward to seeing many of you as you come in to see different colleges. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.