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Preparing for the Admissions, Process – Five Simple Tips for Success

Admissions Tips - Westwood College


“I am so excited to go to this college dad,”…… many parents hear these or similar words uttered by their kids this time of year.  Interested students may say this about several colleges, but what happens when it really is the college for him or her?  Take the time to be truly prepared so when the moment does come where the fit is right, you are as prepared to evaluate the college, as they will surely be prepared to evaluate you.

In addition to a tour, a substantial catalog and handful of brochures, the evaluation process will most likely include an interview.  Be prepared for the admissions process by following the steps below:

  1. During the interview, admissions staff will ask several questions to learn more about you and your background.  Be prepared with several examples of your past successes by writing them down in advance.  The more specific you can be on your accomplishments, the better you will be able to identify your unique qualities as well as distinguish yourself from others.
  2. All of the staff you meet have been trained to ask questions to get to know you and best discover who you are.  Be yourself, and be honest about what is important to you while in college.  Let the staff know what is it that you want to accomplish while in school and after graduation.
  3. The interview is not just an evaluation of you – it is an opportunity for you to assess the college.  Be certain you have a list of questions prepared to ask the staff.  How will the degree help prepare you for your future career?  Are there tools and staff available to support you while in school and after graduation, when you are looking for the right career match?
  4. Each college has a list of entrance requirements that are most likely available online or within the academic catalog.  Take time to research these requirements before the interview and be prepared with required information.  Many times, you will need to present scores from standardized evaluations, or you can take the college’s assessment to meet their proficiency requirements.  Be ready and set enough time to take an assessment at the time of the interview.
  5. Last, although it may seem obvious, get plenty of sleep the night before the interview, have a healthy breakfast so you are relaxed, and have plenty of energy to interact with staff.

Bring a notebook, take notes, ask questions, but most of all have fun and enjoy the experience.  The time you spend evaluating the college will be well worth it, as the college will take plenty of time to evaluate you.

Don Patarino
Vice President – Training and Operations
Westwood College

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