the norm or rude?

<p>So I emailed the college of my choices administration today because I had a question about what classes I should take next year (im a junior and course selection is next week). I kindly asked what they recommended and if they could offer any additional insight and/or advice. Although they replied quickly, the answer I received was basically "i dont want to be bothered". They said that there was nothing they could say besides read the website (which I did and mentioned in the e-mail) and to take the most challenging classes. Well my question was about that! </p>

<p>Maybe this is how all colleges would respond? Is this normal or is it rude? maybe im just being overdramatic but the whole thing just really turned me off.</p>

<p>Alot of schools don't put forth the effort to deal with the students already admitted or enrolled, why would they care about someone that hasn't even spent money on them yet?? It is rude but it's also pretty normal. </p>

<p>Do what they say and take the most challenging courses (or you know, you could ask on CC like everyone else does).</p>

<p>I assume you are in high school? They don't know what classes you have already taken. If they have the list of reccommend HS classes on their website, then follow that criteria. Colleges are busy with admitting people and dealing with scholarships to be able to tell you the same thing that is already listed on the website.</p>

<p>...Did you post this in every forum?</p>

<p>^ lol. Please only post in one forum or people will get very annoyed and ignore your posts.</p>

<p>I think it's unusual that you would even email them, much less expect them to respond kindly. Think about how many applications they get per year, then imagine that every person that is even thinking about applying EMAILS them. (I know not everyone does but still...) Geesh, that's a lot of emails - no wonder they reply with a generic response that comes off as slightly rude. The information you're seeking is on their admission webpages & other help sites, they aren't going to give a highly personal response, it's too time consuming.</p>

<p>Follow the guidelines on the websites about which classes are recommended.</p>

<p>I second what Pearl said.
To be honest, you're expecting WAY too much of an admissions dept (or the administration?!? you said you emailed the ADMINISTRATION of a school?!)
If you were applying to a graduate program, it would be much more acceptable to ask specific questions about classes (e.g., "I noticed you said you require 2 Biology classes as a part of your MD program pre-reqs. I have taken a General Bio class in the Bio dept and a Neuropsych course in the psych dept that covered the same content as the Neurobiology class offered through the Bio dept at my school. Both classes included a lab. Would these count?" -- assuming that was not answered somewhere on the website). Specific questions to programs that take fewer applicants and, therefore, fewer students, are MUCH more likely to respond to such specific requests, but notice my question was very specific. I didn't ask "what should I take to be prepared?" -- THAT IS on their website!</p>

<p>Why would you e-mail the ADMINISTRATION? They rarely get involved in admissions (although I guess it can vary by schools)</p>

<p>I am surprised that somebody from the administration responded to your e-mail. Perhaps they you would be the kind of person that would keep sending them e-mails. </p>

<p>First of all, you talk to you guidance counselor. Then if you think you counselor did not really help you, then you look on their website. If that does not resolve your concern, finally call an admissions counselor but do NOT ask a generic question which the answer can simple be found by just going online or on their website.</p>

<p>yeah why aren't you talking to your advisor instead? at my school you HAVE to have a mandatory visit to the advisor every semester. Just go ask one of them.</p>

<p>Colleges do a lot less hand-holding than high schools do. Your high school should have someone (a guidance counselor, a college admissions advisor) who can help you figure this out. I'd suggest that you go talk to that person.</p>

<p>Colleges don't want to think that you're just taking the classes that you're taking to get into college. Should be doing it because of interest or sake of learning, etc. Plus, they're very very very busy this season, so I wouldn't expect they'd answer a lot of weird questions.</p>

<p>E-mail them again and ask what ECs you should be doing.</p>

<p>Your question was stupid to begin with.. I wouldn't even have wasted my time responding.</p>

<p>And LOL @ icanread!</p>