I listened to a researcher state that the number of kids not sending their college entrance exam test scores to universities when registering for the test has risen dramatically in the last five years. We speculated upon reasons. One was students want to send their highest score to a college instead of all of test scores. Those attending the presentation stated that they took a student’s top score and sending multiple scores did not hurt a student’s chance of enrollment.
When students register for college entrance exams, they can automatically send their scores to four schools. When students wait to send their scores, it costs approximately $11.00 per scores sent. With students now testing more often as well as applying to many schools, waiting to send scores can add up to hundreds of dollars. If most schools aren’t holding test scores against students, why wait?
ACT historically sends only test scores from one particular test date when requested. College Board changed their policy to match years ago. They used to send every SAT test score to a college when one test score was requested, but now College Board only sends the test scores requested.
Colleges typically record student interactions via their contact management system. That means admission officers know how many times a student has contacted them. Contact could mean talking with an admission counselor, touring campus, submitting test scores, or calling the admission office. The more often the student contacts a college, the higher the student rises on the college’s radar. Stalking isn’t helpful.
Colleges have seen an explosion in stealth applications. This means the first time the college finds out about a student is when he applies. Listening to one college enrollment officer talk about this phenomenon, his college has implemented an early admission program. Why? He wants to know if students are serious about attending. His college isn’t one of the most competitive in the nation, but more students are turned away than accepted by a margin of three to one.
What does this mean? Students can rise on the college’s radar by contacting the school early. Students need to let recruiters know when they are interested in that particular college. Today I read an article from a college recruiter who whipped out an application from a student who almost met entrance their requirements. She knew he would attend if accepted, and because of the personal contact, she felt as if she could speak on his behalf.
Speaking out made a difference to that kid. It could again. Start early and stay in contact with the colleges. Please share your thoughts on stealth applications and contacting colleges.