In this episode of the College Checklist Podcast, I interview Jessica Velasco, an independent college counselor who also has experience as a college admissions officer. Today, we take a deep dive into college visits.
Jessica’s experience on both sides of the college admissions process gives us unique insight into what colleges are really looking for from their applicants. Jessica explains the different ways that you can visit a college campus and shares some of her tips on how to get the most out of your college visit.
She details the importance of college visits, when to start making visits, what time of year to go, and what to do while on campus.
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About Jessica Velasco
Jessica Velasco is an independent college counselor and founder of JLV College Counseling. She started her counseling company after working in higher education for ten years.
Jessica has worked in college admissions and career centers at 3 colleges, including 2 years as Director of Admissions at Northwest University, just outside of Seattle. Her experience in these positions on the “other side of the desk” make her a wealth of information to her current clients.
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“It is so important to go see the campus to get a feel for the college. It’s important to see if you are going to fit in to the community.”
“Register with the admissions office and let them know what you want to see.”
“The campus visit that you make can play in to the admission decision.”
Lightning Round Q&A
Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Don’t choose a college based on prestige and reputation.
Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
A2: Admission Matters by Sally Springer, Jon Reider, and Marion Franck*
Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Early on, really think about what you want and what you don’t want in a college.
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