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Class of 2020 Preview Day

Helen Takacs, associate professor of international business & management, connects with an admitted member of the class of 2020 during the Academic Open House. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

Admitted students explore campus during a visit crafted around making connections

by Lauren Davidson

More than 130 admitted students visited campus on Thursday, Feb. 25, for the Class of 2020 Preview Day. They, and their families, explored the community they are considering calling home and made valuable connections with the students, faculty and staff who already do.

“We have worked very hard to craft this class, to put together the class of 2020 and to enroll those students who we think will be great Dickinsonians—for the next four years and for the rest of your lives,” said Stefanie D. Niles, vice president for enrollment, marketing & communications, during her opening remarks in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium.  

“I know this process for many of you has been taxing and frustrating and tedious,” she continued, “but hopefully it’s also been fun. And as you look toward the decision-making part of it, please take advantage of your time here today with our staff and with the rest of the individuals you’ll meet on campus.”

President Nancy A. Roseman echoed those sentiments during her remarks, adding, “I think our job today is to be as transparent as possible, to help you get a sense of who we are. We want to help you make a great decision, because it’s a really important decision.”

Up first was a session focused on career preparation, led by Phil Jones, dean of career development and assistant vice president for student life. Next on the agenda was the Academic Open House, during which current students helped admitted students navigate the maze of tables, directing them to programs and faculty of interest and answering questions about all things Dickinson. Family members remained in ATS for a session on life at Dickinson led by Brenda Bretz ’95, senior associate provost for academic affairs, and Joyce Bylander, vice president and dean of student life.

After lunch in the Dining Hall, attendees toured campus before returning to the closing reception, which was a chance to connect once more with potential classmates, current Dickinsonians, administrators and faculty members—all of whom offered insight into whether Dickinson could be the right fit. 

Admitted students will have additional opportunities to get that sense before they have to make their final enrollment decision on May 1. Invitations are being sent for regional receptions around the country hosted by Dickinson alumni and parents, and the month of April includes several more on-campus visit programs.

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Published March 1, 2016