On a hot weekend in June, more than 240 William & Mary alumni and their high schoolers converged in Williamsburg to learn more about the college application process.
The Alumni Association hosts Alumni Admission Weekend annually. This program is designed to assist alumni and their students navigate the often-stressful college admission journey. While many of the students are already interested in W&M, we welcome everyone, so that the less interested will fall in love with our alma mater as well.
The festivities began with a dinner with President Taylor Reveley, who shared a few gems of wisdom with the families, including the importance of applying to a range of schools and making the most of the school they choose to attend.
Saturday was a full day of workshops and presentations. To give families multiple perspectives, admission professionals were invited from an array of secondary and post-secondary institutions. Tim Wolfe, William & Mary’s associate provost for enrollment and dean of admission kicked off the morning with a presentation about the college search process from a macro perspective. Following Wolfe’s session, Ryan Hargraves of the University of Virginia led families in an interactive workshop on the college admission essay. Breakout sessions included the following options:
The group reconvened for lunch and a short panel discussion with students and an alumna parent. We wrapped up the day with a mock admission committee exercise where students and parents became admission deans. They received four applications to review. The families were instructed to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the applications and to decide who should be admitted, placed on a waiting list or denied admission.
Overall this was an amazing experience and families gained valuable information about the admission process. We look forward to welcoming families to campus again next year.
The Alumni Admission Weekend is just one more way we provide added value to our alumni at various stages of life. We look forward to continued connections and serving our alumni as they embark upon the college admissions journey.