Let’s continue the College Search series with another Massachusetts college visit and a few tips on how to get noticed by your number one college choice.
I’d love to hear your feedback on colleges you visited. Just send me an email using the Contact form. Also, remember to check out these earlier posts too:
COLLEGE TIP: Visit Often
In my last two posts, I talked about a few online websites and the book the Fiske Guide to Colleges (affiliate link) as a way to search out some potential colleges. I told you how I prefer to use a particular site to view virtual tours of the colleges.
So what do you do once you find THE college…. your #1 choice? How do you get that college to recognize you?
One of my readers said…
“Visit often. Some schools weigh heavily on expressed interest and that includes visits and interviews. If you live within a reasonable distance and don’t visit, it may be held against you. They [schools] may feel you are not that interested. Definitely visit before decisions come out if you can. And if you can’t visit, I believe emails and phone calls into the Admissions office with questions can count. Try to direct questions to the specific admissions representative for your area.”
In addition, sign in with admissions every time you visit the college (even if you don’t go on a tour) or you see the a representative at a college fair or at your high school.
You can even contact the college and ask if they have any volunteer opportunities that you could take part during the summer before your senior year.
The point is to be in contact with the college as much as possible to show your interest. Now, for today’s college road trip feature…
COLLEGE ROAD TRIPS: WPI
Worcester Polytechnical Institute (WPI): A private school in Worcester, MA. About 4,200 students made up of of 32% women and 68% men. 65% of the classes have fewer than 20 students; 24% have 20-49; and about 10% have more than 50 (source: US News & World Report).
I have a relative that attends WPI and absolutely loves it here. WPI is in downtown Worcester but set on the edge of the business district here. Worcester is a mid-size city – not anywhere near as large as Boston, but large compared to the small towns surrounding it in central Massachusetts. Worcester is very much a city though.
The WPI buildings were very nice and set close together, but the campus is quite large (I believe set on 800 square acres). Since we didn’t actually tour the campus I’m sharing with you some comments from a friend who did…
- “They have an IQP [Interactive Qualifying Project] in their junior year and an MQP [Major Qualifying Project] in their senior year. They are projects. That is when my son studied abroad in his junior year and in his senior year worked for a company writing software. In the IQP, they work with kids in different disciplines. In senior year, they work with kids in their major.”
- “The athletic facilities are beautiful. Swimming pool. A crew pool.”
- “All of WPI’s buildings are major based. One for mechanical engineering, one for computer science and engineering, etc. They are also building a new innovation building for all majors to come together to innovate.
- Off-campus housing is just across the street. So for those who choose to live off campus, they are still within close walking distance.
- The original founders differed on their approach to learning. One liked to teach theory and one liked experiential learning. That is why the school is so rooted in both.
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