The leaves on the trees have changed color and are now dropping. The days seem a little cooler, a bit mistier, and definitely shorter. Fall feels as though it may be moving out the way for winter, and here in the admissions office we are starting to transition as well. For many of us, recruitment travel has come to a close (it will be over soon for those still on the road!), and we are beginning to shift our attention from college fairs and high school visits to senior year transcripts, essays, and other important application materials as we enter reading season!
Although the deadline to apply through Early Decision is not until December 15th, we have already received a number of applications. I for one am very excited to begin reading, and one piece of the application I personally enjoy reviewing is the interview write-up. After an admissions staff member, senior interviewer, or alumni volunteer meets with a prospective student for an interview, their thoughts and impressions are added to the student’s file. The write-up is later looked over by two different counselors during the reading season.
For us in admissions, the interview a great opportunity to see a glimpse of the student beyond their transcript and to get a sense of their potential fit at the College of the Holy Cross. For the students, the interview is a great opportunity for them to offer us information that we might not otherwise glean from their application alone.
If you have not yet scheduled an interview, you still have plenty of time! The deadline for off-campus interview requests is December 1st and for on-campus interviews is December 19th. Please go here for more information.
Additionally, the Office of Admissions is especially grateful for our lovely Senior Interviewers and alumni volunteers who take the time to meet with prospective students and their families throughout the fall and across the country. Thank you!
(photos taken by Xiaofeng Wan and Kerri Falkenham)