Colleges from across the U.S. and around the world began visiting St. Margaret’s this week, the start of a busy season that will bring more than 140 schools to campus to meet with Upper School students beginning their college selection process.
More than 10 schools visited this week, including Johns Hopkins University, Miami University of Ohio, Loyola Marymount University, University of Richmond and Chapman University. The visits are arranged by St. Margaret’s College Counseling office.
The 140-plus schools visiting St. Margaret’s this fall is a significant number, even more than the number of students in the current senior class. Director of College Counseling Roland Allen said the visits have many benefits to students who are still weighing their options, one of which is the ability to meet in small groups with college reps for personal, one-on-one interactions.
“When meeting the representative, our students get to put a name and face to a university,” Mr. Allen said. “That makes the application process more personal because now, they know at least one of the representatives who will be reading their application. Giving the university a ‘face’ can reduce anxiety many students feel when they’re writing their applications.
“Meeting the admission officer also serves in giving our students a person to contact if they have questions, not only about the application process but also about programs at the college.”
Upcoming college visits between now and the end of October include Northwestern University, Boston College, University of Oregon, Southern Methodist University, Duke University, Columbia University, Syracuse University, University of Pennsylvania, Notre Dame University, Dartmouth College, New York University and University of California, Berkeley.