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Corresponding with adcoms???

ntek511ntek511 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
edited February 2006 in College Admissions
How important do you think is it to correspond with adcoms during jan, feb and march, when all decisions are being made??

I dont mean like corresponding to check if your materials have reached or if you have to send another material, but just for the sake of letting the colleges know that you are interested.

Do you think its worth emailing the adcoms regularly just to say that I am really interested in joining ur college blah, blah....
or do you think that the adcoms dont prefer these mails as they're busy readin applications.?
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Replies to: Corresponding with adcoms???

  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    Only e-mail them if you have something very important to convey. The adcoms are busy and brownnosing e-mails are likely to irritate them and to lessen your chances of admission.
  • AntariusAntarius Registered User Posts: 4,614 Senior Member
    NSM, do the adcoms communicate?
    Arent the adcom people different from those who usually handle the correspondance?
  • hazmathazmat User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 8,435 Senior Member
    I always wondered who sent the SPAM...........if you don't like SPAM in your mailbox then don't be sending it to your college adcoms.
  • ntek511ntek511 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    seriously.....would you call it SPAM
  • hazmathazmat User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 8,435 Senior Member
    you wouldn't have applied if you weren't interested and motivated now would you?? The adcoms have much work to do. Send your spam if you feel so inclined..........it gives the other kids at your school a better chance!!!
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 22,388 Super Moderator
    Your sending e-mails to the admission committee in the middle of thier reading season is the equivalent of trying to teach a pig to dance- It's a waste of time and it upsets the pig.

    Remember these people are in the middle of work and anyone milling through thousands of pages of paperwork is going to be thouroughly peeved at someone who is essentially wasting their time and does not value the amount of work they have to do in the admissions process.

    will sending unwarrented unnecessary e-mails get you noticed? Absolutely, when they make sure that they move your application to the deny pile.
  • EckieEckie Registered User Posts: 1,726 Senior Member
    I think that corresponding with adcoms in a manner that isnt email can be helpful - as long as it has a purpose. I wrote a letter to my Penn adcom explaining an outside circumstance and hand delivered to campus.

    The art of letter writing should be brough back: email is free, casual, and only steps away from SPAM. Plus, you're less inclined to write about something meaningless if you're actually mailing it.

    I'll let you know how well the letter campaign worked for me though in March...
  • alanstewartalanstewart Registered User Posts: 337 Member
    Your sending e-mails to the admission committee in the middle of thier reading season is the equivalent of trying to teach a pig to dance- It's a waste of time and it upsets the pig.

    Comparing the adcoms to pigs lol...
  • ntek511ntek511 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    hmm.......for all those who think its a bad idea to contact adcoms....
    see this article
    http://www.theivycoach.com/coach4_files/FactorsEvaluatedAdmissionsProcess.htm

    and see the section under Interest Quotient (IQ)

    P.s. i aint sayin that I dont agree with you..you're right...but what do you think about this IQ thing??
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 22,388 Super Moderator
    If a person is demonstrating interest in a school it is usually done before the application is submitted. In additon, the demonstrated interest depends on the school; demonstrating interest at HYP is really going to do nothing for your cause, but not demostrating interest in Columbia could be the kiss of death because they ask you straight up what have you done to demonstrate interest on their application.

    It does make a difference at smaller LACs. This demonstrated interest is usually communicated in the why _______ College essays.

    Contacting that admissions rep during as they are processing applications does not do anything to build up your interest because it is after the fact.

    You should also look at the Admissions Sin Qua Non- On link- what basis do admissions committees anoint the chosen? The question has preoccupied generations of applicants.



    http://www.nytimes.com/pages/education/edlife/index.html
  • ntek511ntek511 Registered User Posts: 385 Member
    ^^^^I cudnt find the article in the link!!!
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 22,388 Super Moderator
    It is not an article

    If you click on the link you will see a little box that says multimedia. In that box you will see something that says DATA, and there is a small table. Click on Admissions Sin Qua Non and the table will open up
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