With Groundhog Day around the corner, we’re ready for Punxsutawney Phil to declare it’s the end of winter! There may be such a thing as too much snow. Besides
the weather, here’s what we’re talking about this week at Academic Access:

Housing Deposits: Many large state universities use a rolling application cycle, which means that they read applications as they come in. Often, you’ll hear back from these schools before many of your smaller liberal arts colleges. It’s important to be aware of residential life policies at these big universities. Some schools do not guarantee housing to all freshmen, and putting down a housing deposit sooner rather than later may be the difference between living in a spacious double near the center of campus and living in a forced triple at the edge of school limits. Universities explain their housing procedures on their websites, or ask us for a copy of our Academic Access Guide to Residential Life at State Universities.

TOEFL: If you are an international student applying to attend college in the United States, you will need to prove your English proficiency, often through a standardized test called the TOEFL. If you’ve attended an English-speaking high school, some schools may exempt you from this requirement, but it’s a good idea to have TOEFL scores ready to go.

Meet the Admissions Staff

Regional Representatives: Each college or university has an entire staff of admissions officers who visit high schools, conduct interviews, and read applications. Most of these officers are assigned to a specific geographic region, and it’s a great idea to reach out to your regional representative before, or as you are applying. That way, as your regional representative sifts through thousands of applications, your face or name jumps out. Most office of admissions websites have a section that lists their staff by region, including contact information. Send a draft of your introductory email our way, and we’d be happy to give you a couple of pointers!