An Admissions Officer's Guide to a Great College Visit
I hope you are enjoying summer and some sunny weather, wherever you are!
- No. 1
Take a tour and do an information session
Though this may seem pretty standard, this is a great starting point. You will hear an overview of the various parts of Dartmouth from an Admission Office or senior fellow (senior student workers who have a lot of experience in the admissions office) during the session, and then get to hear a student perspective and personal stories from the tour. These experiences will likely be just the base of your Dartmouth knowledge.
- No. 2
Participate in a summer open house
We will be hosting three thematic open houses this summer, all of which will be opportunities to get to see campus and experience our academic programs first-hand. You can check out my other blog post here to hear more about what to expect.
- No. 3
Eat lunch in the dining hall
The Class of 1953 Commons (or Foco, as it is affectionately known here on campus) is open all summer and will you give a small taste (ha-ha! )of what daily life on the Dartmouth meal plan could look like. The admission office can even give you discounted tickets at the front desk of our office. Make sure you try some of their warm chocolate chip cookies, they are truly life-changing.
Six reasons you'll love our summer open houses
What is an open house? Why should I come to this and not other programming? Will there be real, live students and professors to interact with? Here's a quick glance at some of the things you’ll get to do during our open houses!
- No. 1
Hear from the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid!
Yes, he wants to talk to YOU! Along with faculty and staff, Dean Coffin will be chatting about what we do and why we do it, specific to the subject area you are on campus to explore.
- No. 2
Attend specialized academic programming and mock classes
Designed to both capture your current interests and push the boundaries of your curiosity, our three themes cater to three different areas: whether you are learning about bees at the organic farm (Sustainability), visiting the book arts workshop (Arts and Humanities), or learning how your work at Dartmouth could someday have a national or global impact (Domestic Policy & International Affairs), professors leading their fields will be talking though their work , their niche in the Dartmouth community, and role that students play in that very work. Most sessions will have 25 people or fewer, meaning you’ll be learning up close and personal in the specialized fashion Dartmouth students are accustomed to.
- No. 3
Interact with real, live students!
We are fortunate to have students here over the summer term (thanks, D plan!) meaning that they’ll be out and about, leading your tours, eating lunch with you, and more. These interactions with your future potential peers are invaluable, and will give you a more genuine, truthful sense of campus culture.
How to rock a college fair, according to a Dartmouth Admissions Officer
Hello Hello! My name is Ali Duke, and, like Vanessa, I am a new AO in Dartmouth’s office. I am currently writing this post while overlooking the mountains on a beautiful, sunny day here in Denver, Colorado. My travel regions include Dallas/Ft.
- No. 1
Create a list!
There can be hundreds of institutions present at a college fair, so it can be useful to have an idea of schools you want to make sure to hit beforehand. It will help streamline the experience and keep you focused.
- No. 2
Keep an open mind.
This may seem contradictory to no. 1 but the two go hand in hand. While you should have schools in mind, don’t be afraid to learn about somewhere you may never have heard of before. If there is a long line at one table, check out their neighbor! There are so many great schools out there, and you never know when you may come across a place that just clicks, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be somewhere you had on your list.
- No. 3
Have questions prepared to ask each rep.
With such rapid interactions at so many different locations having a standard set of base questions can be useful for comparing schools later on. The list doesn’t have to be extensive, but it should reflect what you feel some of your biggest priorities are in schools.