Is anything more abundant than falling leaves in autumn? Well,
if you count the number of college recruiters visiting St. Louis
each fall, the leaves may have to take a back seat.
St. Louis-area students are a valued commodity in the world of
college admissions leading hundreds of admission representatives to
fold St. Louis into their travel plans.
Because we have a number of excellent high schools in the area
- public, private and parochial;
Because St. Louis students have historically been as open to
leaving town as they are to staying in town for their college years;
And because admission officers want to make it as easy as
possible for prospective applicants to hear their messages.
From the most selective colleges and universities to the least,
each will court appropriate candidates in high schools, at college
fairs, and at evening and weekend information sessions this fall.
Many will cultivate ties with high school counselors and
independent college advisers, too, encouraging them to bring
appropriate candidates to the colleges' attention.
Students who make time for these visiting college
representatives will be the leaders in the college search and will
amass information that will help them to make smart enrollment
High School Visits
For decades now, college admission officers have been visiting
high schools to meet interested students on their own turf. If you
keep an eye on your college counselor's bulletin board, you'll see
dozens of appointments posted for visiting admission offcers. If
one of the colleges you're considering has a visit to your school
planned, clear your schedule so you can go to the meeting. You do
not need a prior invitation to attend; you do however, need to
notify a teacher or counselor if you want to be excused from class
for a meeting.
This is a great opportunity to see an admission offcer in a
small to medium-sized group setting and to ask questions that are
important to you.
Some colleges have found that it's diffcult to see as many
students as they'd like by visiting high schools, so they hold
meetings outside of school hours to attract a larger and broader
audience. These meetings are generally held in alunmi homes, hotels
or high school auditoriums and allow students and parents from a
wide geographic area to gather in one place to hear about the
college. Admission offcers usually show slides or a video to
accompany their verbal presentation and allow plenty of time for
questions and answers.
Duke, Harvard and Tufts universities and Vassar College (among
others) have each hosted meetings in the St. Louis area in recent
weeks; many more such sessions will be hosted by other colleges in
the remaining weeks of the fall.
Sally Scott, a Vassar alumna, feels that these recruitnent
efforts benefit students. "My husband, Sanford, and I have been
hosting admissions open houses for the last six years, and we have
found that it is the most effective way for prospective students to
get to know about Vassar. …