You are encouraged to visit
colleges and to develop a good understanding of the opportunities
available. However, you are required to communicate well in advance
with the attendance office and your teachers to make arrangements for
missed schoolwork. Policies regarding missing school for college visits
can be found in the St. Edward High School Student / Parent Handbook.
You must also let teachers know a day in advance if you wish to meet
with a college representative visiting St. Edward High School.
Colleges have a schedule of tours, overnight programs, open houses and
regional programs. Call the college for information so that you can
plan ahead. It is best to do the majority of such visits during the
summer between junior and senior year so you will return to school with
some definite college choices and cause less interruption of your
senior year academic and athletic programs. Then you will perform your
best in school and give full attention to your college applications. It
is always possible to return for another visit during the school year,
if necessary, or during winter or spring break.
colleges are curtailing the number of campus interviews and not
utilizing them as a part of the selection process, and they are
offering instead more group sessions and alumni interviews. Some
colleges, however, still see the interview as an important part of the
process and an expression of the student's interest in the college. You
need to learn the policy of the colleges that interest you most. We
encourage you to have interviews when and if possible because in
general St. Edward students are well informed and articulate. You
should prepare for the interview by reading some basic information
about the college. Call well in advance to make an appointment. Dress
neatly and comfortably. Relax! St. Edward students are interesting.
Review the college's website thoroughly enough to be familiar with the general
aspects of the school so you can ask intelligent questions. Use a small
card to make a list of questions you would like to ask and to take some
notes. Get the interviewer's name and follow up with a thank you note.
Questions an interviewer might ask you
What academic area interests you most at this time? What
extracurricular activity is most meaningful to you? How would you
describe yourself as a student? What are you looking for in a college?
Have any events affected your secondary school record? If you were the
interviewer, what would you want to know? Name three famous people you
would like to invite for dinner? Why?
Questions you could ask
What types of students are happy at the college? What sort of advising
programs is there for freshmen? What about the quality of student and
faculty interaction? What sets the college apart from other similar
schools? Extracurricular information? Concerns about admissions and
financial aid? Residential life?
Meetings with Admission Representatives at St. Edward High School Every
year a hundred or more admissions representatives visit St. Edward High
School. A list of visiting colleges is available online in your Family Connection account. This is a valuable resource for you. It is a good opportunity to
ask new questions about a college you have visited or to learn about a
new college that has been suggested to you by your college counselor.
It is also one more contact with the college and another expression of
your interest in a college. The college representatives are often the
people who advocate for our students on the admission committee, and it
is helpful for them to be able to associate a person with the
application. Get permission from your teacher at least a day in advance
to attend a session.