Communication is key: Five ways to communicate with your prospective colleges

When you hear the word “communicate”, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Talking, emailing, or texting? Sure, but communication can be so much more than that.

Especially when it comes to your college search, understanding all the ways you can communicate with the colleges you have applied for (or plan to apply for) can make a huge difference in your application experience!

Communication tool: On the phone

Once you begin the application process, phone calls will become an important means of communication. Colleges will sometimes call a student when they are in need of information, so it is important to prepare for the calls. They may be missing some information and need to talk with you as soon as they can. These are calls you don’t want to miss! In fact, a few of these calls may even bring good news. Some colleges will tell you if you’ve been accepted or when you have been taken off a wait list. Getting on the phone with a college can seem scary, but remember, this is just another opportunity to ask your questions and help them get to know you better.

Quick Tip: Before you start the college process, make sure you have your voicemail set-up correctly. If you are creating a personal greeting, include your name and keep it professional. You never know who will be calling!

Communication tool: Your email

Before you start applying to colleges, create a new professional email address that includes your full name. This not only makes it easy for the admission counselors to identify who’s emailed them, but it is also a great way to keep your college information organized. Checking your email will become even more critical during the application process.

Communication tool: Texting

Sometimes sending a text is just easier than making a phone call. As a large part of our everyday personal communication, colleges are starting to use it more and more. When you apply to a college, they may have an opt-in for texts.

Quick Tip: When you are texting a college, remember to keep it professional. Introduce yourself, and save the slang and lingo for your friends (like “LOL” or “BRB”).

Communication tool: In-person

During the hustle and bustle of a college fair or visit, it can be easy to begin to feel lost. Make a good first impression and don’t be afraid to ask questions! A great way to ease any anxiety you might have is to write a few questions down before you go on your visit. Most importantly, be yourself. The representative you will talk with may be the first impression you have of the college. Don’t be afraid to show off your personality!

Communication tool: Social media

Most colleges will have a profile on at least one social media site. These accounts are great places to learn more about the college, campus life, events, and other important updates. Some colleges will have helpful webinars or articles on their sites to better help you and your family through the process. We highly encourage you to begin to follow the colleges you are interested in. You may learn something new!

Quick Tip: A college’s social media account is just another platform to engage. It’s ok to comment and ask questions, but keep in mind it is not a formal means of communication. For important, time-sensitive questions regarding things like financial aid, reach out to the college via phone or email.

As you embark on your journey, we hope these tips help you become more comfortable communicating with a college. Trust us, we want to hear from you! All of the engagement you have is noticed by the college, and can potentially help you stand out throughout the process.

Learn more and reach out to the Lees-McRae Admission team here.


By Nina MastandreaOctober 30, 2018
FamiliesAcademicsCampus Life