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Why You Should Create a Special Campus Visit Email Account

by
Founder and President, Smart College Visit, Inc.

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.

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About Z. Kelly Queijo

Z. Kelly Queijo

Z. Kelly Queijo is president of Smart College Visit, Inc., a higher ed marketing and college visit planning portal, which she founded in 2009. Kelly is passionate about mobile app development, especially when it comes to creating travel and location-based tools and services for colleges and universities. “Visit Virginia Tech,” a mobile campus guide and her company's first app, was released in 2011. SmartCollegeVisit.com has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites by her peers. Her popular weekly Twitter chat "CampusChat" provides education experts, parents, and students with a forum for insightful interaction. A Virginia Tech alumna, Kelly held the position of Undergraduate Admissions Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for Virginia Tech from 1993-2000. She is the former Director of i-Recruitment Services for Carnegie Communications and Internet Sales Manager for CollegeNET, both of which provide web-based services to college admission offices. An award-winning writer and marketing campaign developer, Kelly is the 2010 VT Knowledgeworks Entrepreneurship Summit award winner for best business concept.

 

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