Virtual College Visits Begin Monday, September 14th and Will Continue Through Mid-November

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We may be all virtual, but colleges are still very interested in connecting with Maggie Walker students! We have already had 90 colleges sign up for virtual visits and we anticipate well over 100 colleges connecting with us over the next two months during our “fall college visit season”. During these visits, admissions representatives will review the programs offered at their school as well as answer questions about the admissions process, student life, and any other topics. Students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades are invited to attend. All virtual visits will take place during asynchronous times (11:30 Monday – Thursday and multiple time options on Fridays). In fact, the following colleges are all scheduled to come this coming week:

Appt Date Appt Start Appt Finish College
9/14/2020 11:30am 12:10pm University of Richmond
9/14/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Southern Methodist University
9/14/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Emerson College
9/14/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Dickinson College
9/14/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Vanderbilt University
9/15/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Richard Bland College of William and Mary
9/15/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Mississippi State University
9/15/2020 11:30am 12:10pm College of Charleston
9/15/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Williams College
9/16/2020 11:30am 12:10pm American University
9/16/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Macalester College
9/16/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Ursinus College
9/16/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Hampden-Sydney College
9/16/2020 11:30am 12:10pm University of Chicago
9/17/2020 11:30am 12:10pm The University of Alabama
9/17/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Salem College
9/17/2020 11:30am 12:10pm United States Naval Academy
9/17/2020 11:30am 12:10pm William and Mary
9/17/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Randolph-Macon College
9/18/2020 9:30am 10:10am James Madison University
9/18/2020 10:30am 11:10am University of Pittsburgh
9/18/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Davidson College
9/18/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Ringling College of Art and Design
9/18/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Christopher Newport University
9/18/2020 11:30am 12:10pm Tulane University of Louisiana
9/18/2020 11:30am 12:10pm University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
9/18/2020 12:30pm 1:10pm William and Mary
9/18/2020 1:30pm 2:10pm University of South Carolina

Virtual links (Zoom, Google Meet, or Teams) are provided 15 minutes prior to the event in Naviance (scroll to the bottom of the “Colleges” home page) and may also be accessed through a Google sheet shared as a “resource” in each on the Schoology class pages for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders (please do not click the link before the time of the event). This is where you can also find the complete fall calendar of scheduled events. With so many colleges vying for your asynchronous time, some of your favorite institutions may have conflicting times. In that case, you may float in and out of each session as respectfully as possible; colleges realize you are busy and have many commitments. Some colleges use “Slate” software, which may prompt students to provide a name and email address for future contacts. This is a virtual replacement for the “info card” colleges would ask each attendee to complete in person. Letting colleges know you came is a great way to express your interest and leave a digital record of that interest, which is something colleges may reflect on when reviewing your application down the road. Dr. Rachel Loving, Senior Counselor and College Visit Coordinator, will be popping into each of these visits to greet representatives during the first few minutes of each meeting. If students or parents have questions about college visits in a virtual environment, please contact Dr. Loving at rloving@gsgis.k12.va.us.

Looking for a service opportunity while also connecting with colleges? Consider serving as a “College Visit Ambassador” who would 1) send a welcome email to a selected college representative and 2) then commit to attending their virtual college visit personally welcoming them to Maggie Walker and staying in the session for the remainder of the event. Completing both actions would be worth 1 hour of community service. Students in 10th-12th grades can find a separate announcement with the details in their Schoology class page.