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Admissions 101: The 2/2/2 rule

The latest topic for my Admissions 101 discussion group is the 2/2/2 rule for making sure the college campus visits many of you are making, or planning, do not deteriorate into hurtful family squabbles. I like the first 2 2s of the 2/2/2 rule but not the last 2. Confusing? Not really. Take a look and join the back-and-forth in this most electrifying of discussion groups.

By Jay Mathews  | March 25, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
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I agree that the last "2" rule isn't realistic for the first visit to a college, unless the student is very serious about attending that school. Most of our family's first time visits to schools are just to get a "feel" for the place, so the first 2 rules make sense.

However, I would add that it is important for the student to feel empowered to ask questions during a visit, so maybe the 2 questions a parent wants to ask could be transferred to the student, or the student should be encouraged to formulate the questions and even ask them him/herself!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | March 26, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

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