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4 Tips to Consider Before Meeting with An Admissions Counselor

August 11, 2008


Having been an Admissions Counselor for the last 3 years, I’ve come to see that each student is unique not only in terms of academics, but also in terms of maturity, readiness, and enthusiasm. While adhering to the college’s mission and the overall requirements of the programs, when meeting with students and reviewing their applications, counselors definitely assess students in terms of what is perceived as their level of interest. As counselors, we are hoping that when a student comes in for an interview, he/she is “highly interested” in attending MCNY, extremely motivated, and has the ability to succeed. We look forward to generating that letter of congratulations on their acceptance and recognizing the contribution they will make to our community of higher education.

So, the following are a few ideas, from the perspective of an admissions counselor, that you might want to consider:

  1. Always come in with a positive attitude. Coming in to the admissions office is the first step towards changing your life for the better and it should most definitely reflect as a positive choice you have made. Any other mood will only make the counselor assigned to you think that you don’t want to make changes due to hesitance, fear, or simply a lackadaisical attitude. When you care, we care.
  2. Be prepared to talk about yourself. If you’ve taken part in community service, organized events, or volunteered your time, during the admissions interview is the best time to bring it up. A counselor’s knowledge of this can enhance your chances of being the recipient of a merit/recognition award. If you don’t mention it, we as counselors will not ask.
  3. Know the reason why you have chosen to visit the college. Know why you are coming in, and be sure that it is a decision you have made for yourself.
  4. Prepare as many documents as you can. This implies to your counselor that you are not only taking yourself seriously, but them as well. It also shows initiative. The same initiative the counselor might take to ensure you’re assisted with any scholarships or awards that the college is able to provide. Browse the website of your college of choice to find the various requirements and you will exhibit a sense of responsibility.

Potential students who follow these tips will be sure to have a positive experience with their admission counselor. Also, keep in mind, a decision does not have to be made in one day. Understand that the counselor’s goal is to provide the student with the information they will need to determine if the college is the best choice in leading to the success of their future.

With that being said, good luck and I hope to see you on campus!!!!

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Posted by Monica Ortiz in About Applying. 1 Comment »

Monica Ortiz is an Enrollment Specialist at Metropolitan College of New York.

One Response to “4 Tips to Consider Before Meeting with An Admissions Counselor”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Great! This inspires me to be more confident! You certainly have a way with words. I am very proud to know that you work as an Enrollment Specialist at Metropolitan College of New York.


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