Spring Starts Strong

Dean Balmer welcomes visitors to Discover Dickinson program

Record number of prospective students and families attend first Discover Dickinson program of 2014

by Lauren Davidson

A record number of visitors were on campus today, adding to the energy as current students returned from winter break and officially kicked off the spring semester. More than 100 prospective families participated in the Discover Dickinson visit program. The attendees included primarily high-school seniors still working on their college applications as well as a number who applied during the Early Action program, but also high-school juniors and sophomores taking an early look at Dickinson.

Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing & Communications and Dean of Admissions Stephanie Balmer welcomed the crowd in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter auditorium and thanked them for making the time to visit Dickinson. She touted the college’s admissions staff as “very experienced, well-rounded and well-recognized” and emphasized the close relationships that are formed between prospective families and members of the team before the counselors joined her onstage and offered personal introductions.

“We know your schools. We know your guidance counselors. We know your teachers,” Balmer continued. “And we are excited to be working with you and collaborating with you on your college applications."

Balmer outlined some of what the visitors would experience on campus throughout the day, including the historic buildings and sense of tradition, the varied dining options, the ongoing facilities-enhancement projects and the dynamism of students back in session. The families departed the auditorium in small groups led by student guides for campus tours and spent the day getting a firsthand introduction to this distinctive institution.

See more from the day on social media with #dsonvisit, and learn about upcoming opportunities to visit campus.

Published Jan. 20, 2014