College Interviews and Visits
Do's & Dont's of College Interviews and Visits
Dress professionally for a college interview or visit. It is not
necessary to wear a shirt and tie or dress; however, you should look
nice and neat. REMEMBER: Your style of dress is a direct
reflection of your attitude toward what you are doing.
Prepare to share a few important details about yourself. You should
be able to list your hobbies and goals, academic strengths and
weaknesses, and admissions qualifications (i.e. grade point average,
Create list of questions for the admissions representative based on
Arrive for your appointment on time. Most admissions appointments
are scheduled on an hourly-basis throughout the day and can include
a campus tour. When one appointment begins late, all those to
follow will be behind schedule. If possible, call to indicate you
will not be arriving on time, and ask if alternate arrangements can
Indicate when scheduling your appointment if you wish to speak with
a faculty member or coach. University staff serve a variety of
roles on campus, including everything from teaching to attending
meetings. Without prior arrangements, staff may not be available to
meet with you during your visit.
Arrive for the appointment with preconceived ideas
about the university. Be open-minded!
Ask questions with obvious answers, such as "How many students
attend this university?" or "Does this university offer a major in
cytotechnology?" Your previous research will provide answers to the
most commonly asked questions. All good admissions publications are
designed to meet this goal.
Ask questions that reveal you have not done your college research.
Expect the admissions representative to know answers to your
questions regarding all aspects of the university. Coaches,
financial aid policies, and learning support strategies all change
frequently. Most universities feature individual offices to handle
specific issues such as athletics, financial aid, and services for
individuals with learning disabilities. It is appropriate, however,
to ask for the contact information for those offices that interest
Leave campus without the business card of the individual with whom
you met. It is quite possible that once you return home questions
and/or concerns will arise. Use this resource wisely and as often