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When a student begins shortlisting colleges, he or she considers favourable destinations, programmes, and which universities offer them. As a result, they have reduced the number of schools from thousands to 100-150. Then they look at criteria like Location, Curriculum, Faculty, and Opportunities to narrow down the list, which will give them a lot of options at first and will be difficult for students to narrow down. This is where university representatives come in. Talking to them solves the problem and allows students to state on their SOP that they spoke with a representative. This improves their chances of admission. But the universal issue is that most students don’t know how to talk to a university representative. Well, if you are facing the same problem then no need to worry; continue reading this blog to know what exactly you need to ask a university rep when you meet one?
How to connect with a university representative?
College and university representatives are available each semester to meet with students and provide information to help students identify transfer goals, learn about opportunities, and navigate the transfer process. Let’s see how to connect with a university representative?
Do your research
It’s futile to contact someone if you don’t know what’s on their website or their credentials. Before commencing this process, conduct extensive research so that you are prepared with questions and are well-informed.
Collect their contact information from the program’s website and send them an email. University representatives are very friendly and open, and they will get back to you as soon as possible. If they do not respond, follow up.
Create a questionnaire
Make a list of questions you want to ask them about the program, university, scholarships, grants, financial aid, admission processes, visa requirements, fees, etc.
Be professional but friendly
Be punctual and join the call on time, it is not right to keep them waiting. Then start with a warm greeting and ask about their day. It is also important to mention how you came across the program and that you’re planning on applying. Ask specific questions and make sure you have all the answers and in the end Thank them for their time.
Keep a notepad and pen handy to take legible notes during the call; this will assist you not only with information but also with asking follow-up questions.
Drop a thank you note
Send them a thank you email. This will allow you to contact them if you have any further questions in the future.
What to ask a university representative
Class size and the number of international students
How do I make my profile stand out?
What’s a typical semester like?
What can I do outside of class? (Co and extracurricular activities)
What do international students do in the summer?
What do international students do after graduation?
Any tips as I work towards my application?
- Asking good questions will give admissions officers a positive impression of you, which may help your Masters application.
- To make the best decision for your future, well-researched questions will be essential in distinguishing between programs.
- While this list is quite comprehensive, you may have additional questions about schools. You should tailor and personalize your questions to the university you are meeting.
- Even if you only have a few minutes with the university representative, you can always ask the most important questions first. Be aware of the time and plan accordingly.
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Q1. What should you not ask a university rep in the meeting or call?
Ans. Well, it is up to your wisdom, but it is strongly recommended that you do not ask Personal Questions or ask for special favors.
Q2. How should I dress for a college visit?
Ans. If you’re going on a standard campus tour, casual is fine—perhaps some nice jeans and a college t-shirt. However, if you want to ace a college admissions interview, meet with a university rep, or speak with department heads, you should dress up a little more.
Q3. Is an official visit to a university considered an offer?
Ans. An official visit does not guarantee you will receive an offer, but it is a good sign. Going on an official visit allows you to assess the school and program. Official visits are check-ins for coaches to see what you’re thinking and how you interact with their team.