The Admission Office occasionally will host chat rooms for prospective or admitted students.These will be announced on the Admission Office home page.
Students are asked to register and then can use the site for free; 1.2 million students, from 50 states and 191 countries, are currently signed up.
High school students today are collecting information about colleges—from the majors they offer to admissions standards to on-campus social life— through forums that many teenagers are probably already familiar with: online chats.
Students are able to gather details directly from admissions officials, and in some cases from students at the higher education institutions they're considering attending, through a service named College Week Live, as noted in a recent story by the .
Not surprisingly, the busiest time for the service runs from roughly November through February, typically the period when students begin applying to school through the time when they learn whether they've been accepted and are making final choice about where to attend, she said.
The site allows students to participate in online chats with college officials, who are in many cases admissions officers.