aFish6 wrote:aad wrote:Does anybody know whether it is advisable to visit Columbia's admissions office in person? In the city on business and wondering if it's helpful. I heard that they often allow informal meetings/interviews with admissions officers if you come in person. It's not formal but I heard that if you make a good impression that it could help (vice versa if you make a bad impression of course).
If anybody has done this, do they have any tips or suggestions?
Was thinking of doing the exact same thing on Friday. Thoughts anyone?
I would say call ahead of time and let them know you will be in the area, and would like to know if you could stop by. The reason I say this is because I visited last spring, and when I got to the admissions office--the student up front just handed me a self-guided tour pamphlet and told me to have at it (thought this could be because class was out). I wasn't able to talk to anyone in admissions (even though I could see them roaming the office). The person that ended up being the most helpful was someone I met at the CLS library (one of the full-time staff). She took the time to tell me all about the library--though this wasn't exactly what I had hoped to get out of my campus visit.
As far as visiting classes go--they might be out for finals, which is unfortunate. You might be able to find some students that you could talk to if you would find that helpful.