The Colgate Scene
January 2004

Admission
 

Another banner year

Coming off one of the busiest summers ever in the Office of Admission, our deans have been traveling extensively across the country since the start of the academic year to recruit the Class of 2008. Between September and November, our travel staff of 12 visited about 1,000 high schools in 43 states and 17 countries. This translates to approximately 49 weeks of recruitment travel within a nine-week period. While on the road, informational interviews were conducted in seven areas and evening programs called the Colgate Connection were held in 11 locations, including our first international Colgate Connection program, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Colgate uses a number of avenues to reach out to prospective students and their families. We are also aided in this outreach by the 700 members of our Alumni Admission Program (AAP), who attended 180 college fairs and conducted a number of informational interviews across the country. These alumni participate in volunteer organizations across the country and spanning the globe, working to spread the message of Colgate through conversations at receptions and during informational interviews, by attending college fairs and reaching out to prospective students, families, and even local high schools. (Alumni interested in volunteering should visit the AAP website at http://offices.colgate.edu/admission/AAP/AAPhome.asp.)

The Office of Admission hosts Saturdays@Colgate, where we bring together admission officers, current Colgate students, and faculty members to speak to prospective students about academics, social life, and residential options on campus. Last fall, nearly 700 prospective students attended the Saturdays@Colgate programs, and we hope to build on those numbers in 2004. Additionally, more than 300 Colgate students volunteer their time in a variety of admission areas. They lead campus tours, act as ambassadors at their local high schools during vacations, host prospective students throughout the fall and during April Visit Days, and greet visitors in our lobby throughout the day.

This year, we are also fortunate to have 12 seniors who have been working as part-time interns. Each of the 12 interns has performed superbly and represented Colgate with distinction. These sensational young men and women are: Sobby Arora, Kanpur, India; Greg Berube, Plaistow, N.H.; Kesha Caldwell, White Oak, Pa.; Lily Dupont, Hillsborough, Calif.; Bart Hall, New York, N.Y.; Courtney Hostetler, Portsmouth, R.I.; Sarah Howitt, Bronxville, N.Y.; Katie Konrad, Denver, Colo.; Kyle Rolfe, Seattle, Wash.; Polly Smith, Westwood, Mass.; Amanda Terkel, Corfu, N.Y.; and Lisa Widawski, New Hyde Park, N.Y.

To continue promoting Colgate to students from urban areas, we recently concluded a series of initiatives geared toward public high schools. The Newark Initiative brings admission deans directly to students and high school counselors in Newark, N.J. to introduce the concept of a liberal arts education to promising young students. The biannual Syracuse Initiative brings together admission representatives and guidance counselors, and later, introduces students to the opportunities at Colgate. Building on the strength of these two programs, a third initiative will take place in Buffalo later this year. Each of these programs emphasizes Colgate as a place where students build bridges that cross cultural and personal differences to unite our students through a variety of academic, social, and extracurricular activities.

As our staff sifts through thousands of applications this winter, I want to point out that the applicant pool for the Class of 2007 reflected increased interest in Colgate among the nation's most promising young scholars. All of this news, combined with the exciting things our students are engaged in academically, socially, and in residential life, has us very excited that the Class of 2008 will bring another highly distinguished group of students to the Chenango Valley.

Gary Ross '77
dean of admission

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