Crisp Consulting + Coaching is introducing Fast App. Fast App is a weekly post providing short and affective strategies for the college admission application. These strategies will help you achieve your admission goals.
Seniors diving in to the Common Application, the Universal Application or a school-specific application should seek every opportunity to demonstrate interest and enthusiasm to attend their best-fitting college. Colleges want to know why you are interested because enthusiastic students seem most likely to accept an admission offer and this acceptance solidifies the school’s yield, a critical number used in the rankings systems. Between two students with similar profiles of activities, grades and tests scores, admission committees will always favor the student who offers specific reasons he/she desires to attend the school. Here are two strategies to demonstrate interest:
Demonstrate it on paper. Add a simple paragraph to your personal statement demonstrating your desire to attend the school. Make this paragraph appealing by highlighting unique academic and social features of the school. Demonstrate that you are passionate and that you have researched the school beyond the printed and web material. Avoid generic and overused reasons or a simple recount of the school’s virtues from marketing material.
Demonstrate it in person. Make first contact with admission officers at a college fair or during a regional visit. Demonstrate your passion for the school as this will make a lasting impression. During your on-campus visit, connect with the same admission officer and ask to visit the academic departments that truly interest you.
Demonstrated interest makes a positive impression with an admission committee and can give you an advantage in an admission climate that is growing more competitive.
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Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.