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Dickinson Admissions Staff Featured on NBC News

Catherine McDonald Davenport '87Cathy Davenport '87
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions

Catherine McDonald Davenport '87, Dickinson's vice president for enrollment management and dean of admissions, appeared on the Today Show recently to discuss how the pandemic changed the college admissions process.

Vice president for enrollment management and regional counselors shared how the pandemic has affected the admissions process on the TODAY show and NBC News Now

by Christine Baksi

Dickinson’s admissions counselors are dedicated to helping students and families navigate the complex world of college admissions, offering sound advice and critical perspectives through the application and decision process.

Now, they’re sharing that advice on national television.

As part of a weeklong series on college admissions during the pandemic, NBC News interviewed Catherine McDonald Davenport ’87, vice president for enrollment and dean of admissions; Amy Hall ’12, associate director of southeastern recruitment; and Phillip Moreno, director of west coast recruitment. They shared how the pandemic has affected the admissions process and each of them personally.

“Reading applications is the one thing that brings me the most angst because I know what families and students have done to put together their application,” Moreno shared in a video diary on News Now, NBC’s streaming news channel. He also advised students and families facing unprecedented uncertainty during the pandemic, “Focus on what you can control. Invest in your education. Make sure your courses are the most rigorous you can take and handle. Be committed and dedicated to some key activities.” Watch the full report.

Interviews with Davenport and Hall aired on the TODAY show in a report (watch it here) by NBC Nightly News Sunday Anchor and Senior National Correspondent Kate Snow.

“I am so fortunate to work with such dedicated admissions, financial aid and coaching staffs,” Davenport said. “And I’m proud that they’ve shared their expertise and experiences through the pandemic on a national stage.”

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Published March 25, 2021