Celebrate Dickinson Counselor Tour
Twenty-three high-school counselors from schools across the country visited Dickinson during a special Celebrate Dickinson Counselor Tour March 28 to 30. At the invitation of Stephanie Balmer, vice president for enrollment and marketing & communications and dean of admissions, these counselors had an all-access pass to all things Dickinson, enabling them to promote Dickinson to their students, seek out students with potential “fit” and gain a better understanding of what a small, liberal-arts college in the northeast has to offer.
The counselors toured the certified-organic College Farm, sat in on classes, learned about Jewish life and athletics initiatives, toured one-of-a-kind facilities like the art gallery and archaeology lab, explored downtown Carlisle, heard from a panel of students and more. [Story continues below.]
While it’s certainly easy for these counselors to learn about Dickinson by visiting the Web site, leafing through brochures or talking with members of the admissions staff, bringing them to campus gave them firsthand experiences that left strong impressions and forged a stronger relationship with the college.
“The farm was amazing,” said Tara Walker from Archbishop Mitty in California. “It was my favorite part of the trip. I had no idea how research-oriented a farm could be. And the students are teaching the community how to be better and more efficient.”
For John Boshoven, representing Community High School in Michigan, it was President William G. Durden ’71 who most stood out to him. “I appreciated how outspoken and honest the president was and enjoyed some lively back-and-forth with him,” he says. “He encourages the students to challenge him, which is unusual.”
Brad Jackson from San Dominico Upper School in California was most impressed by the students. “It's obvious that the college's main focus is on the students,” he said.