Posts Tagged ‘Admissions Advice’

Thursday
December 15

Admissions Tip #7: Remember that “please” and “thank you” can go a long way

By Stacey Milton

Guidance counselors and admissions staff members are often friends. We may even have had dinner together. Don’t forget to thank your guidance counselor and references for their help.

If you’re feeling the stress of college application season, take a minute to think about what your college counselors are feeling. They are often writing hundreds of recommendation letters while making sure that transcripts, teacher recs and other materials are being sent to the right places, at the right time. The same goes with teachers — they are writing letters in addition to teaching classes and grading assignments, and not every student remembers to request letters early. And because this all culminates right around the end of a high school term, you can bet they are not lacking fairly long to-do lists at the moment!

The voices of these individuals really do matter in the application review process. It is from your teachers and counselors that can learn more about the type of student you are, in terms of academic performance and your personal character. As admissions counselors, we appreciate when a counselor is candid and forthcoming in their descriptions of students and these accounts are based on their interactions with you and observations of your interactions with others. Make sure that you are providing them with positive things to say about you, and not the other way around.

Bottom line, the “please” and “thank-yous” make a difference, especially this time of year. So, next time you pop into your counselor’s office, take a moment to let them know how much you appreciate the time and effort they are putting into helping you with this process.

Tuesday
December 13

Admissions Tip#6: Don’t wait until the last minute to hit submit

By Stacey Milton

Online applications can hit glitches. Make sure you have enough time to fill them out, check them, and fix them. Starting on them the day before a deadline is a don’t.

Over 95% of Boston University applications are submitted online, and many of those come through during the last week of December.

If you wait until December 31st to submit your application, you may find yourself flirting with disaster: not only will many other students be submitting applications through the Common Application (lots of online traffic!) but the BU Admissions Office will be closed until January 3rd, so you won’t be able to contact anyone right away if you encounter problems. Keep in mind that this won’t hurt you with regard to application consideration, but it will add some unnecessary stress to your holiday break!

If you are ready to submit your application — your essays have been proofed, you’ve crossed your t’s and dotted your i’s — then take a deep breath and send it our way! Then you can take that great sigh of relief in knowing that it’s out of your hands for a few months.

Thursday
December 8

Admissions Tip #5: Create a plan to manage college correspondence

By Stacey Milton

Separate correspondence from your friends and family from the college process. Designate an email account for college stuff only so you don’t miss a message between Aunt Betty and spam.

I don’t know about you, but I get way more emails a day than I could possibly read. Between work messages, Facebook updates and notifications of holiday sales, it’s a mess in there. One remedy is to clear out the unnecessary clutter with a designated email account that you can use exclusively for college applications. Many colleges, including BU, will be in touch primarily through email, so it’s important to be sure that you are getting those important messages.

In addition, BU applicants can check their application status through their Web Account, so it’s also good to get into a habit of checking it pretty regularly to see if we are requesting anything. But, if you forget to check your Web Account, we will most likely email you to let you know if we are missing anything for your file. Even more importantly, we’ll be sending you an email when your decision is available online later in the spring, and you won’t want to miss that!

(Plus, as an added benefit, there’s nothing potentially questionable about staceyscollegesearch@gmail.com compared to some of the other email addresses we’ve seen!)

Tuesday
October 4

To be, or not to be…applying Early Decision?

By Stacey Milton

Associate Director Jon Korhonen, regional rep for Southern FL

Associate Director Jon Korhonen, regional rep for Southern FL

Greetings prospective BU Students!

My name is Jon Korhonen, and I am the Associate Director for Early Decision at Boston University. My colleagues and I have met many of you already during our travels this year. It is always exciting to learn that BU is a #1 choice for so many seniors!

If you have decided that Boston University is your top choice, I would like to encourage you to consider being an Early Decision candidate for admission.  Last year we received about 42,000 applications for admission, and only about 1,000 of those were for Early Decision. This means that you have a unique opportunity to stand out and highlight your candidacy for admission within a smaller applicant pool.  We value a student’s demonstrated interest in BU, and Early Decision is certainly the best way to show that you are really excited about being a BU Terrier!

If you are applying Early Decision, please remember that both the application and the CSS Profile (if you are applying for need-based financial aid) are due on November 1. You will receive a decision letter and financial aid award by December 15.  As you may already know, Early Decision is a binding process, and is different from Early Action (which BU does not offer), therefore it is expected that admitted Early Decision students will enroll with our class next year (the enrollment deposit is due by January 15, 2012).

If you should have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Best of luck to all of you, and I look forward to seeing your Early Decision application in a few weeks!