Immersion and Inquiry


An overhead look at Dickinson’s Distinctive Approach to the Natural Sciences panel in the Rector Science Complex Atrium. Photo by Wes Lickus '17.

Open house offers opportunities to immerse in and engage with the Dickinson community

by Lauren Davidson; photos by Wes Lickus '17 

On Saturday, Sept. 17, Dickinson welcomed a record number of prospective students to campus for the first of three fall open house programs. Representing 15 states plus Washington, D.C., more than 150 prospective students plus their families spent the day immersed in the Dickinson community. The morning kicked off with remarks from Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing & Communications Stefanie Niles and interim President Neil Weissman.

Families then had the chance to attend one of three academic inquiry sessions led by faculty and current students in the social sciences, natural sciences, arts and humanities. 


After a campus tour and lunch in the Dining Hall, visitors participated in The Dickinson Experience: Student Life Panel, featuring six current students and moderated by Director of Student Leadership and Campus Engagement Josh Eisenberg. 

The last formal session was a candid conversation about admissions and financial aid with Dean of Admissions Catherine McDonald Davenport ’87 and Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid Ruth Cramer, during which some students participated in Forum, a discussion-driven group interview.

“The fall open house brings together a range of voices and perspectives from across the Dickinson community and allows prospective students to embark on a full day of discovery on campus,” says Molly Boegel, director of admissions programs & services. “Our staff, faculty and current students always welcome the opportunity to sit and talk about what makes this place truly distinctive, and Saturday was no exception. I think through words and actions, our community demonstrated to these visiting families the strength and spirit of this remarkable institution.”


Get another glimpse of the day on social media with #dsonvisit, and learn about upcoming opportunities to visit campus, including the fall open houses on Oct. 10 and Nov. 12.

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Published September 21, 2016