Planning to visit campus? You may need to register in advance.
College admission offices vary with respect to campus visit registration requirements. Many colleges request that visitors register in advance, while other schools allow for on-site registration. Those that require advanced registration may state that they have “limited seating” or that campus visits are “by appointment only,” while other colleges may state that they have an “open-door policy,” meaning you do not have to pre-register.
Regardless of the campus visit policy, one thing is certain: the folks in the college admission office want to collect your name, home mailing address, telephone number, and your email address so they can open a channel of communication with you.
Create a college-bound email account
Knowing in advance that a visit to a college is going to result in more email arriving to your inbox, why not set up a separate email address to use during the period of time that you are engaged in the college admission process? Better yet, make it easy for your family and share the password to the college-bound email account with both of your parents. This way, everyone involved in helping get you to and from college visits can stay in the loop.
Having a shared college-bound email account makes college visit registrations so much easier. Your parents will appreciate having access to confirmation emails containing information such as the campus visit itinerary, directions, parking, etc. And, since this info is being sent to the shared email address, they can check that account on their own time, without having to bother you.
Another email tip for the college bound: When you set up this new account, be sure to choose a name that shows a level of maturity. Email account names to avoid would be names like: “NewYorkHottie” or “drunk.disorderly.” Also, it's a good idea to avoid using your email naming convention as a platform to show support of your favorite college (UVAfan, Seriously.Syracuse, GoDukes!) especially since you have no idea if you will make the cut when it comes to apply. Bottom line, if it makes Mom happy, it's probably a good choice for college admission officers too.