College Admissions Words of Advice
Any other words of wisdom you can offer prospective students as they begin the college evaluation and application process would be greatly appreciated.
Several admissions officials added some last words of wisdom — and that advice centers around doing as much research as possible, first to find schools that seem a good fit, and then to learn as much as possible about each of the colleges on your final list.
Here are the answers to this question from each member of our panel:
Chris Lucier, University of Michigan
Yes, this is an important step in your life, but don’t overly stress over it. You have access to extensive amounts of information on every college and university, so do your research. Visit campuses you are interested in and spend some time talking to students. Don’t allow your friends or your parents to drive your college selection process. They certainly are very important guides, and often family finances may limit your choices, but ultimately, the college selection should be yours. You are the one who will be affected by your decision, not only for the next four years, but for the rest of your life.
John Blackburn, University of Virginia
- Do a good search; don’t examine only those institutions which are well-known or close to home.
- Take your time on the essays — they count.
- Look at our websites for they contain much more information than our publications do.
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