After I’ve taken a virtual or campus tour, my parents nag me to write a thank you email to admissions counselors. Really? Will it even matter? There are thousands of students sending emails and I don’t know what to say!!
Sound familiar? Well the first thing I’ll say is that especially now during “STAY AT HOME COVID 19”---YES! They want to hear from you!! So you finished your virtual tour and took some notes (I hope---see my blog on College Virtual Tour Tips/Planner),
what should I write?
Keep in mind this is NOT the time to tell them your whole life story, nor write your common app essay! And this is NOT an opportunity to provide your resume with interests and activities.
Here are the steps to writing a short note that’s straight forward and expresses your curiosity and/or interest in their college.
Step 1: Go to the college websites and search for the admissions counselor that represents your local area, like Westchester, Fairfield County, San Fernando Valley.
Most of the time you will find their name and email address. If you can’t find their personal email, then send it to the director, or maybe a generic email is provided.
Step 2: Subject Line Ideas
Step 3: Salutation
Step 4: Short Note that gets to the point: here’s what to include...
Step 5: Closing Paragraph Ideas
Step 6: Sign off Suggestions
Important Writing Tips to Keep in Mind:
Here’s an example:
My name is Jack Green and I am a prospective student graduating class of 2021. I just participated in a virtual tour on your website and I’m excited about possibly applying to Purdue in the Fall. Although I’m interested in engineering, I’m not quite sure which specialty and Purdue offers a wide variety of options. While I was watching the tour I had a few questions that I was wondering if you could answer for me.
1.What percentage of students live on campus?
2. I’m aware that Purdue accepts students within their major and I’m wondering if it is easy to transfer colleges if you decide to change your major?
3. How are housing arrangements assigned?
Thanks for taking the time to answer these for me. I look forward to meeting you sometime soon.
Stay healthy and safe.
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Stay healthy and safe...keep in mind this won’t last forever and you’ll be back on campus soon!