By now many college-bound high school seniors have not only received acceptance letters; they have also received invitations to the Accepted Students Day for at least one college that admitted them.
Each year, colleges host an Accepted Students Day one or more times during their admission cycle to welcome prospective freshmen. The Accepted Students Day helps students and parents make their final decision because they have to attract the best freshman class that they can possibly get. The Accepted Students Day also gives a school a chance to showcase itself at its best, especially when the weather is nice. You can bet admissions officers across the country pray for sunny skies the night before.
What should parents and students do after they have been invited to an Accepted Students Day?
Well, for one thing, they should go, if they are truly serious about the school. If the school was a “safe school,” the 12th choice on a 12 school list, the place where a student would go if s/he did not get in anywhere else, then parents and students should pass, if they have more attractive alternatives. There is no point in misleading the admissions team at a school that you have no intention of attending.
Here are some tips for visiting the schools that are higher up your list.
An Accepted Students Day is a great way to get to know a college before you commit your student and your money. It provides a longer exposure to a school than you will get from an information session and a campus tour and they help you get your questions answered. It is a win for the colleges, too. They want nothing more than satisfied students who have made a well-informed decision.
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