Check out our tips for communicating with college admissions offices efficiently and effectively:

  • Keep it short! Focus on your questions, not on yourself. This is not the time to tell them how great you are.
  • Minimize the number of questions you ask. You can always ask more questions when you visit the school.
  • Give your name and high school graduation year.
  • Give the name and city of your high school.
  • Be sure to include your home address.
  • Check for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Then check again. And then one more time. Typos are not acceptable.
  • If your e-mail address is anything other than a form of your name or initials, consider creating a new one for college correspondence.
  • If you're writing from an existing account, check your email signature. Make sure it doesn't include anything offensive, silly, or bizarre.

If you receive a reply, make sure you get back to the admissions officer right away — even if it took a while for them to get back to you. This will demonstrate to the officer that you are mature, responsible, and taking the college process seriously. Think of any additional conversations you have with colleges as an extension of your application, and you'll do just fine.