Contacting admissions counselor

<p>Hey! I am dying to go to the university of florida. Currently my grades don't give me any outstanding chance, and I am probably in the middle. Could contacting the local admissions counselor help? Does it make a difference that i don't live in florida ? Are there any other ways to show that I really want to go here? Thanks !</p>

<p>If you haven’t spoken to the AO yet, do so. It’s much easier to turn down someone you don’t know. Have you done the on-campus interview? Done a sleepover?</p>

<p>Have you run the net price calculator on the website to see if you can afford it before you contact admissions? It should be on the school website in the financial aid section.</p>

<p>Hey, I can definitely afford it, but I can’t visit or do any interviews because I’m applying from New York </p>

<p>If you can definitely afford it, then you should spend the resources to see it. </p>

<p>But I feel like putting so much effort just to see it will lead to me getting attached, and if I get declined that would be devastating . Can’t I keep in touch with my local admissions counselor (New York)</p>

<p>This has gotten waaaay too emotional. No school will be able to stand upto your expectations of it if those expectations are so high that you’re unwilling to visit it for fear of rejection or the jinx or some other irrationality. Are you going to let your fears run your life? You asked me how to help you show interest but you’re afraid of the risk involved?! Stop being silly and fortify yourself with a bowl of the breakfast of champions. Then make that reservation. Get to know the real UF and not just the fantasy in your head.</p>

<p>It’s like that with any college though. A lot of kids visit get attached and then get declined. And it could be irrelevant to go visit if there are other ways to show interest locally </p>

<p>While I certainly wouldn’t accept an offer of admission without a serious, extended visit, I see no harm in holding off visiting before you apply. Yes, contact your local admissions rep and let them know you’d be full pay. My son has been accepted to two schools we’ve yet to visit, but we’re waiting on final decisions from several others before we schedule any more trips.</p>

<p>Thanks so much lucie ! Did your son have any method to contacting his local admission rep? Or just start by saying hi? Thanks so much ! </p>

<p>The problem with waiting to schedule trips is that you often have a very short window – decisions are due May 1, and you don’t find out until the end of March for sure. It is expensive to fly on short notice, and you don’t have easy time off from school (or parents from work) on short notice.</p>

<p>Regarding admissions reps, see if the school website has a listing of who the reps are for each region. If not, you can email admissions and ask for the email address of your rep. But if you have never been to the campus, I hope you applied to some other schools you would also like to attend. In case you don’t get in or you don’t like it when you visit.</p>

<p>And don’t expect much from this “contact” with the rep. Remember they have thousands in their pool. Have an intelligent question- better than I’m mid-qualified, not one of your state residents, but dreaming of UF and, btw, not going to visit til I see if you take me. </p>