Ever wondered what REALLY
goes on behind closed doors in the Admissions Office? Or wished you could be a
fly on the wall during those Admissions Committee meetings? Well, here’s the
next best thing! Our ‘Inside Admissions’ blog is designed to explore the world
of admissions at Pomona, straight from the people who know. Our Admissions
Officers and students will offer their insights every week, from the
informational, to the fun and sometimes-obscure. Have questions? Feel free to comment
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Today is another important benchmark in the admissions year cycle - the start of reading season! Art discusses what reading season means, and what the next few months will look like for admissions staff.
One of our newest Admissions Officers, Michelle Gonzalez, writes about her first few months on the job - fears, challenges, and the satisfaction of working closely with students.
One of the highlights of fall semester is our MSAP fall weekend - where we welcome students from around the country to explore our campus and get a taste of Pomona life. Admissions Officer Frances Nan talks about the program and why it's one of the most meaningful part of her year (and of the admissions cycle!).
One of the most satisfying parts of the admissions officer job is the chance to travel, and to meet students and families from different parts of the country. Assistant Dean of Admissions Will Torres, just returned from his visits to several Southern states, full of good food and an appreciation for the warm welcome he received.
Senior Interviewer Laura Perrone spent her summer as a research assistant in the Pomona College Child Attachment, Relationships, and Emotion (CARE) Laboratory. Her experience was one of many paid research opportunities available through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). Read about her experience, and the connections she formed with her faculty advisor and peers.
One of the most important jobs in the admission office is that of the Senior Interviewer. These friendly, knowledgeable and passionate students are the public face of the College for many prospective applicants. They make it look easy, but as Kim Merrill, one of our newest Senior Interviewers points out, the first few days can be anything but a walk in the park.
You've seen the posters, you've gotten the emails and postcards. The Admissions Officers are coming, and they'll be at your high school soon! Know by admissions folk as simply "travel season," fall finds skeleton crews at most admissions offices as staff leave to visit high school, attend college fairs, and to meet in person the students who may eventually become applicants. Joel shares his thoughts on what travel season means, and why every student should take advantage.
Admissions Officer and recent Pomona grad, Will Hummel, joined a group of first-year students on one of this year's Orientation Adventures. Read about his experience and the new perspective he gained from meeting former applicants in the "real world."
In a day both steeped in tradition and brimming with the energy of a fresh start and endless possibilities, Pomona welcomed the newest class of Sagehens to campus on Friday. Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Seth Allen, welcomed them to campus along with President Oxtoby and Dean of Students Miriam Feldblum. Take a moment to read some highlights from Seth's speech, which outlines the remarkable set of students joining us this year.
Who knew that the words "tell us about yourself" could inspire such anxiety and turmoil? Conor takes a look at those pesky college essays that ask you to help us get to know you, the idea of finding your voice (quite literally), and what he believes college admissions folks really want to read when they open your application.
Admissions Officer David Brunk reflects on his recent trip to China, and the complex people, past and future that plays into international college admissions.
you're probably aware that The Common Application launched a new version of
their application on August 1st. There has been much anticipation for the new
application, not only by students and guidance counselors, but also by all the
admissions officers whose colleges use the application. This is only the fourth
time that The Common Application has gone through a major overhaul, and
considering the amount of information the application collects, this is no small