As you may remember from applying to undergraduate institutions, paying campuses a visit makes all the difference in the application process. Applying to business schools is no different. When you pop in to check out prospective programs, keep the following tips in mind:
- Do be polite in all of your encounters: At best, you’ll appear eager. At worst, you’ll leave a bad impression, one that can get back to professors and admissions officers, negatively impacting your application.
- Don’t arrive unannounced: Plan ahead to get the most out of your visit. The worst thing you can do is visit when the program isn’t in session or staff are unavailable to meet with you, so double-check the school’s calendar.
- Do arrange to attend a couple of classes: If you’re planning on enrolling, you should get a feel for how classes are taught, how students and faculty interact in the classroom, and whether or not you can picture yourself in this kind of learning environment.
- Do talk to students: Whether discussions are pre-arranged or informal and on the fly, ask about the courses and culture. Sift through your academic and professional networks to find connections, or look to our MBA ambassadors for someone you can connect with.
- Do ask to meet with a professor: Class participation is reserved for current students, but speaking with a professor can help you better picture yourself in the program. Try to meet with someone whose research field is closely aligned with your own. What kinds of projects are faculty members engaged in, and how do students get involved with research?
- Don’t leave without taking a tour and exploring the campus: An arranged campus or program tour is a good idea, but reserve some free time to meander around the campus and surrounding area on your own. Can you see yourself thriving here for the duration of your program? Will you have the resources that you need to get the most out of your studies?
- Don’t forget to send thank you notes: If you met with a student, alumnus, or faculty member and managed to get their name and contact information, try your hardest to send along a note as a token of your gratitude. It’s good business etiquette and leaves a good impression on our faculty.
If you’re looking to visit Laurier, please contact us here. You have the opportunity to take advantage of the many complimentary services available to you to enhance your selection process. At Laurier you can sit in on a class, connect with an alumni or student ambassador, have a personal pre-assessment appointment with a recruitment coordinator, and attend an information session to name a few. We’d love to hear from you and help you to learn what sets the Lazaridis MBA program apart.