Edward J. Connor '92

Dean of Admissions

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Think it's quiet for the admissions office once all the applications have been reviewed?

The admissions office has been buzzing with activity over the last few weeks.  We've been welcoming dozens of visits to campus each day and hosted a great open house for our admitted students yesterday.  Approximately 300 students and their families visited campus yesterday and were treated to academic presentations, tours, conversations with current students and staff, and of course an opportunity to try out the food!!

Is that all?  Of course not....we've been open each Saturday and for tours and information sessions and have been pleased to see so many sophomores and juniors getting an early start on the college search process.  Over the last two weeks we've also been working with our student tour guides and interns to contact admitted students by phone.  Not surprising that the parents are often the ones who have the most questions, but we've been able to reach out to the majority of admitted students over the last two weeks.  Julie and I had the opportunity to make some calls tonight along with about a dozen WPI students. Calls were going out to students across the country and I was focusing my efforts on New Hampshire.  I spoke to a few answering machines, several parents and  few live students.  Some good questions and some great interest in WPI!!

So that must be  it?  Of course not....Jay, Karen and Katie are in Atlanta for the FIRST Robotics World Championships and will be co-hosting a reception tomorrow evening with our Alumni Office.  Adam is in Denver for an admitted student event and for a reception at the Denver School of Science and Technology tomorrow night and Michelle is just returning from a two day college fair in Maryland.

Next week is Closer Look #2 and then in about 10 days we'll be hosting over 50 guidance counselors from around the world for a visit to WPI.  And of course by May 1st we'll know who's part of WPI's Class of 2013....and then we'll rest:)

Hope to see you on the WPI campus in August as part of our incoming class!!