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Visiting Schools Before Acceptance

  1. Jan 16, 2013 #1
    I just finished up applying to physics PhD programs for fall 2013. I was trying to think whether there was anything else I could do to increase my chances of admission. Would visiting the schools prior to acceptance increase my chances of getting in, or would it be perceived as annoying?

    I could see it from both sides. A visit shows I am dedicated enough to take the time to come out to the school. But I'm sure the faculty have a ton of applications they need to review right now and may prefer to just review the application instead of taking time to meet with a visiting student one-on-one.

    What are your thoughts?
     
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  3. Jan 16, 2013 #2
    If you email or call them and ask if you could come in and discuss with them the facilities, the ongoing research opportunities, and stuff like that, and they agree, I don't see the harm.

    I'm not sure how wise it would be to just show up and ask to see someone.
     
  4. Jan 16, 2013 #3
    Visiting the school is essential to choosing a program. Its is very unwise not to schedule one.
     
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