College Admissions

Tour A College Recently? Don't Forget To Do This Simple Thing...


Did you visit any colleges over spring break? Or did a college admissions officer speak at your school recently?

If so, don’t forget keep the connection “human” with a simple thank-you note.

This doesn’t have to be an icky admissions gimmick — if you take the time to reflect on what truly mattered to you during the tour and presentation.

Thank the person for the clarity you gained about your desired college experience, and leave it at that.

If you’re stuck on what to write, consider this outline:

  • Address the person directly
  • Briefly mention where you met them
  • Add one thing from the conversation or presentation that you found most useful
  • Close with how this information shifted your thoughts about the university or your future goals
  • Finally, add your name, school, and graduation class


  • If you don't have the person's full name, call the admissions office to get it. Tell them you’re sending a card.
  • Address the envelope with the person’s name and in ℅ (care of) the admissions office.

Send this note simply in the spirit of genuine gratitude and watch how gratitude empowers both giver and receiver.

Let me know how it goes.

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Today, I also teach storytelling (Yes, your college essay is a story). 

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Liz F. Bradley is a college admissions essay expert, and founder of Ink Well Coach. She taps into 10 years of experience as an educator to help college applicants write winning college essays with heart and humor.