Edward J. Connor '92

Dean of Admissions

Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

After a hectic couple of weeks in the Admissions Office I am looking forward to the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Our Early Action Rd 1 deadline passed on the 10th and we were excited to see our applicant pool continue to grow. We received just over 2,000 applications which represents a 20% increase over last year. We'll be busy reviewing the applications over the next few weeks. Some are sure to be read between the main course and dessert on Thanksgiving!! If you are interested in who will be reviewing your application you can learn more about our staff here...

If you are one of our Early Action applicants we'll be sending out decision letters in time for you to receive them by the 20th of December. Please make sure that your application is complete...we do need first quarter/marking period grades before we can review your application. We'll be reaching out to applicants and schools to follow-up on missing items, but don't forget you can check your application status online. You will need the login and PIN that were sent in your acknowledgement mail and letter. If you have questions just let us know!

We hosted our 2nd open house of the fall on November 11th and were pleased to see almost 500 students in attendance. The weather cooperated and we were able to provide a traditional fall New England day for all of the guests in attendance from outside the area:)

Last but not least we will be launching a new Admissions web site tomorrow. This is phase one of a two-part project. You'll notice a new admissions home page and redesigned pages on all levels of the site. Next time you visit admissions.wpi.edu be prepared for something new and exciting!! If you are a frequent visitor you won't notice many changes to the architecture and the links off of the home page...most things should still be easy to fine. Phase two will include some tweaks to the architecture and some new/refreshed content on may pages of the site. Be on the look out for phase two early in 2011.

I've worked closely with Julie Chapman and Adam Epstein in our office on the web project. We worked in conjunction with the WPI Marketing and Communications Office over the last few months and we are all very excited with the results. I appreciate all the hard work and time to pull the project together. Please consider sharing any feedback by e-mailing me or commenting here on my blog...

I wish you and yours a very safe and happy Thanksgiving.