- Independent School
- Navigating Admissions
Congratulations! You have been accepted!
This is a moment for you and your family to celebrate your hard work, commitment to your education, and the personal growth that happens while searching for and applying to a new school.
While deciding can feel daunting, it can also be an exciting part of your growth process and a chance to focus in on your unique values and needs as you enter this next phase of your life.
Revisit days or online events are a helpful part of this process. They are an opportunity for you to interact with the school with fresh eyes and clear intentions. Incorporating the following tips can help you make the most of the process.
- Raise your hand.
Raise your hand or type a question into the chat. Ask all the questions that have come up for you and your family. There is no need to be nervous - you have been accepted! You will be making an investment in your education and deserve all the answers you need to make the right decision.
- Connect with current students.
It is likely that students will be a part of the events. Take advantage of any opportunity to ask them about their experience and how they were feeling while making this decision. Their perspective on campus life, academics, and making the transition to a new school, is invaluable.
Take a formal tour of campus.
If you haven’t yet, take a campus tour. Your tour guide will be very knowledgeable and will point out specific areas of campus that will be important to you and your experience. Look around and see who else is touring. Some of them may be your future classmates! Can’t make it to campus? Ask about a guided Virtual Tour or ask to be connected to a Student Tour Guide.
Arrange a specific meeting.
Is there someone who you haven’t met yet – a coach, the music director, or a specific faculty member? Now is a great time to ask to meet them and learn more about their program or specialty. A one-on-one conversation will allow you to direct your specific questions to the campus expert.
Listen and trust your gut.
Pay attention to the way you feel when interacting with students and faculty or when you are walking on campus. Try to get a sense of the school’s culture and imagine yourself in the science lab or dormitory. Do you see yourself there? Experience shows you will thrive in a place where you feel personally connected, in a school that allows you to feel comfortable yet also be pushed outside your comfort zone.
While a revisit event may not finalize your decision, it is a great way to settle any lingering questions, get a deeper sense of a school’s philosophy, and experience how they put their mission into practice. Best of luck and enjoy this exciting time!