Strong Start to Summer Visits

Tour guide talking with family during visit

Summer tour guide Isabel Burlingame '15 chats with a visiting family. Photo by Joe O'Neill.

Prospective students and families get a first look during Discover Dickinson Days

by Lauren Davidson

Dean of Admissions Catherine McDonald Davenport '87

Dean of Admissions Catherine McDonald Davenport '87. Photo by Joe O'Neill.

More than 36 prospective students and their families kicked off the summer visit season with a Discover Dickinson Day—the first in a series of eight Wednesday programs designed for first-time visitors. The program offers an introductory look at the college with a campus tour, a discussion of Dickinson’s distinctive academic program, lunch in the Dining Hall and optional interviews.

Catherine McDonald Davenport ’87 kicked off her first official program as dean of admissions with a reassurance to visitors that as the mother of a high-school senior, she is going through this process with them. “I would encourage you to really be part of the process,” she added. “Active engagement is important to us, so reach out, make connections, and we hope your time with us will motivate you to come back for another visit.”

One reason additional campus visits are encouraged is that college campuses have a different feel during the summer months. But at Dickinson, there is still plenty for visitors to experience, including time with the admissions staff and summer tour guides, a glimpse at some of the campus and facilities upgrades in progress, several student-faculty research projects keeping the academic buildings buzzing and young scholars, performers and athletes taking advantage of summer camp opportunities.

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Published July 3, 2014