Checklist for Parents of International Students

Director of Admission, Carnegie Mellon University

  1. Learn what factors are important to your son’s or daughter’s college search.
  2. Read anything you can get about those colleges and universities that are high on the list.
  3. Make use of every technology available to facilitate the college search: phone, fax, e-mail, the Web.
  4. It’s never too early—or too late—to begin financial planning to meet college costs.
  5. Use your child’s college counselor wisely. Counselors can provide a wealth of good advice and information.
  6. Use the resources and assistance of the United States government provided by overseas Educational Advising Centers.
  7. Know who to contact: get the phone numbers and e-mail addresses of international admission staff members where your son or daughter has applied.
  8. Make use of alumni who support the admission process of their alma maters. They can provide valuable first-hand information.
  9. If possible, arrange for your son or daughter to make a campus visit.
  10. Remember, this is the admission process of your son or daughter—support, but don’t lead.

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