Feelings When You Get a College E-Mail

March 6, 2017


Pro tip: create a folder in your inbox to organize college e-mails. Photo Credit: Pixabay

Usually beginning Sophomore year, and sometimes as early as Freshman year, students begin receiving the infamous tidal wave of college e-mails. If you supply an e-mail address on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, or any other CollegeBoard program, the organization will send your e-mail to colleges around the country.

Each student’s response to this influx is different. Some delete the majority of the communications, some read each one, and many selectively read based on colleges they are interested in. The AHN guidance department encourages students to read e-mails from colleges they don’t recognize – you may discover a perfect campus for you.

A college e-mail can lead to a rollercoaster of emotions:


Junior, Feraby Hoffman, says, “I always like seeing the occasional e-mail from recognizable schools, like Ivy Leagues. It’s pretty exciting.”                           Credit: Courtesy of Giphy.com

The first feeling when a college e-mail pops up is a reminder to students that colleges are interested in them, and deciding on a place to spend four or more years after high school is exploratory and interesting.

Confusion if you don’t recognize the school

Just because you’ve never heard of the school does not mean it isn’t strong academically.                                                                                                             Credit: Courtesy of Giphy.com

After the first spark of excitement, a student may skim the e-mail and realize they have never heard of the school before. Keep reading – it may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Pretty campus photos

Junior, Christina Suarez-Solar, says, “I like buildings that incorporate new and old architecture.”                                                                                                                   Credit: Courtesy of Giphy.com

Almost every college e-mail will include pictures of a beautiful campus, such as modern buildings, gothic architecture, a lakefront view, or sprawling, tree lined grounds. It is all designed to catch your eye.

Junior, Emily Anderson, says, “I like college towns and older traditional college campuses with a modern feel on the inside. I love when there are courtyards.”

Junior, Jules Lavoy, says, “I like rooms that evoke a creative atmosphere.”

Descriptions of interesting majors

Many college e-mails will include information about their unique programs to prompt interest.

Florida Southern College offers a course on Citrus while Duke University has a Canadian Studies program. 

Seeing admittance rates on Naviance 

The Junior class learned in a college application seminar that to best qualify for admittance, a student should fall in the top 50 percent of applicants.             Credit: Courtesy of Giphy.com

After reading through the email and deciding to learn more about the College or University, a student may log onto Naviance to compare scores. Sometimes, the average SAT or ACT score is not in their range, or the admittance rate is less than 20%. This can squash the familiar spark of excitement.

“I was really interested in the University of Texas, so I checked their admittance rates and they only accept seven percent of out-of-state applicants. I may have cried a little,” Junior, Kayla Eckermann, said with a laugh.

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