May 22, 2010

Hitting the College Reception Circuit

Colleges and universities hit the road this time of year to begin a recruitment process that actually gets into full swing in the fall. Short of actually visiting a campus, these presentations offer opportunities for you to get basic information about a school as well as make yourself known to area representatives some of whom might just be reading your application in the future.

Although these sessions are usually open to the public, it’s generally a good idea to pre-register. Otherwise, how are the college reps running the event going to know how many folding chairs to set up?

Exploring College Options: This is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford. The tour has three stops in the DC area, with the first scheduled for Sunday, May 23rd at the Washington Marriott, at 7:30 p.m.

Exploring Educational Excellence: Join Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, and Rice for an information session targeted to prospective students and families. Sessions include an overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, as well as a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. The tour hits DC on June 9th. You must register to attend.

8 of the Best Colleges: Claremont McKenna, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Grinnell, Haverford, Kenyon, Macalester, and Sarah Lawrence invite students and families to learn more about these eight nationally recognized liberal arts colleges. The nearest presentation will take place at the Hilton, in Pikesville, Maryland, on Monday, May 24.

Carnegie Mellon University: Admissions counselors will present a general information session to high school students who may be in the early stages of their college search. You can register now for the event scheduled for Monday, June 6 at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel.

University of Virginia: The UVa Admissions Office hosts evening programs in cities across the country arranged in cooperation with local alumni clubs. Four Virginia regional events will take place this spring (UVa also travels in the fall with Harvard and Princeton).

Note that you're much more likely to receive advance notice of these events if you've registered for information or otherwise demonstrated interest to colleges on your search list.

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