As an international student living overseas, applying to colleges in the United States can feel like a daunting experience. From large public universities in quaint college towns, to small liberal arts colleges to private urban institutions, the variety of American post-secondary options is dizzying. A campus visit is highly encouraged for students to assess fit and explore the many types of colleges and universities out there. On these visits, students can take tours and talk to admissions officers, meet current students, and ask questions about majors, special programs, and extracurricular activities. For American students, visiting colleges can already be an expensive experience with travel and accommodation costs. For international students, the expenses are even more extreme given the significant amount of travel time. So, what can international students do when campus visits aren’t an option?
If you will be applying to college next year, you will very shortly be in the market for teacher recommendations, and you may be wondering what teachers you should ask for these recommendations. Should you always ask the teacher who gave you the best grade?