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Get your questions answered about everything from essays to testing to extracurricular involvement, and learn how to best approach the college search and application experience.


June 4, 2020
Ken Anselment, Vice President for Enrollment & Communications at Lawrence University Ryan Hargraves, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions at The University of Vermont Deb Johns, Associate Director of Admissions at Yale University


May 28, 2020
Joy St. John, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Wellesley College
Elizabeth J. Cheron, Assistant Vice President & Dean of Admissions at Northeastern University
Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Wesleyan University


May 21, 2020
Ashley Bianchi, Director of Financial Aid at Williams College
Peter Hagan, Director of Admissions at Syracuse University
Matthew Hyde, Dean of Admissions, Lafayette College


May 14, 2020
Gary Clark, Director of Undergraduate Admission at the University of California, Los Angeles
Chris Gruber, Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid at Davidson College
Beth Wiser, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admission at The Ohio State University


May 7, 2020
Jim Rawlins, Director of Admissions and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at University of Oregon
Peaches Valdez, Dean of Admission at Hamilton College


April 30, 2020
Mark Hatch, Vice President for Enrollment at Colorado College
Whitney Soule, Senior Vice President, Dean of Admissions & Student Aid at Bowdoin College
Mary Wagner, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management & Executive Director of Admissions at University of South Carolina


April 23, 2020
Don Bishop, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment at The University of Notre Dame
Jim Bock, Vice President and Dean of Admissions at Swarthmore College
Ronné Patrick Turner, Vice Provost of Admissions & Financial Aid at Washington University in St. Louis


April 16, 2020
Bill Conley, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Bucknell University
Lisa Keegan, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Elon University
Courtney Minden, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid, Babson College

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  • "We Get It:" College Admission Deans Speak Out

    “Embrace uncertainty.” This just might be the official slogan for the spring of 2020, and it has been the unofficial theme for college admission for decades. While the current state of applying to college seems unprecedented—and it is—there has always been one constant, and that is change....
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  • Defer or Defy: Should You Start College This Fall?

    We are living in uncertain times. Much is unknown in the face of this global pandemic—from the most trivial questions like when it will be possible to get a haircut, to the direst concerns about lost jobs or food insecurity. Even what we thought we could control has fallen prey to unpredictability. Many college-bound high school seniors are already wrestling with a significant time of transition as they decide which school to attend, and how they will afford it....
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  • Virtually Possible: Locking Down The College Search In A Global Pandemic

    This is virtually impossible my daughter blurts out from the next room, adding, who thought geometry was important anyway? Actually, I respond with my under-appreciated dad irony, it is virtually possible. Deciding to spare her the lecture on how Euclid and Descartes thought geometry was pretty important, instead, I urge her to set up a virtual meeting with her teacher to work through her confusion with the theorem. This is the new normal for students throughout the country as they settle into pandemic-enforced distance learning. Young people are adapting to online classrooms and virtual meetings while also confronting the disappointment of missed opportunities at school and out in their world....
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