Should I visit the prestige university where I will be applying for admission?

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Should I visit the prestige university where I will be applying for admission?

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Should I visit the prestige university where I think I will be applying
for admission and a scholarship/grant ?

Short answer: YES, definitely.

One reason to visit the campus is to see it, talk to students and
professors, check out the neighborhood, housing or dorms, and get the
feel of the place. Personal note: I visited a few schools located out in
the boondocks —i.e. rural/country. Decided they were too unexciting —
not for me. When I visited campuses right in the cities of Paris
(France), Philadelphia and Boston, they were a much better fit and
that’s where I enrolled.

Other answers point out that getting a university degree is costly both
in terms of time, effort and money. It is better to visit and have some
idea of what is in store for you than getting what could be an
unpleasant surprise. But here is another, possibly far more important
reason to visit:

Many years ago, I decided to apply for admission to the (then) top rated
#1 school in the world. I knew I’d be accepted in a flash because I
checked out on all the right boxes: Successful boy wonder with my own
high net worth business, top grades, modest success as an athlete in an
offbeat sport (fencing), accomplished musician, linguist, etc. That
school (I felt) should be begging me, even paying me to come there. What
happened then?

I applied. Got a call from the admissions officer who said something
like “You sound like an interesting kid, can you come up here for an
interview ?”At the time I was much too busy with other things. I knew I
wanted to attend that school, but I didn’t want to waste my time with a
functionary. So, I never went for any interview.

Next thing I knew, the letter I expected to be my acceptance letter was
“ Thank you for your application, but we have filled all places for the
class of XXXX. You may wish to consider applying again next year.” In
other words,*/“You have been rejected!” /*I had never before been
rejected by anyone for any reason.

So I asked a friend —an important alumni of the school — to personally
contact the admissions officer and find out what had happened. He
reported back to me what the admissions officer told him:

“That friend of yours thought he was so important that he didn’t have
time to come in for a pre-admission interview with me. Our University
will be around long after he has faded into obscurity. We don’t need
people like that!”

The lesson? People who control the rubber stamp to give you the papers
you want think they (and the outfit they represent) are very important
as a gate.

If they think you are too good to humble yourself, you won’t pass “Go.”
In the real world in a similar situation where you don’t show up in
court for instance, you might even “Go To Jail.” I am using the Monopoly
Game analogy here for those modern web-surfers who never played
Monopoly. <http://game.in/>

In any event, most colleges and universities give extra points to
candidates who visit the campus for a successful one-on-one interview.

*/Thus the answer to your question is GO TO VISIT AND BE INTERVIEWED. If
you can’t go for a very good reason, apologize, explain and offer to do
a video interview online./*

I’m a Wharton (University of Pennsylvania) Graduate. Never regretted the
time I spent in Philadelphia. The best investment anyone can make is in
educating themselves. Plus at a top school you will inevitably meet
people and make contacts that will be of value — for the rest of your life.

Read my book/reports and many answers on QUORA. Comments here are very
welcome!

Peter Taradash <http://petertaradash.com/>
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