Spring has finally arrived on campus, and here in the Admissions Office we’re excited about the Class of 2016 and what the coming weeks will bring. It’s been a week since we mailed decisions, and the action never seems to end around here. So what do we do when we’re not reading applications? Good question! The month of April is when we emerge from hibernation and exchange reading and committee meetings for new projects. A few of the things we’ve been up to:
Our colleagues in the Financial Aid Office are working 8am-8pm daily with families to calculate financial aid awards and help with questions. We want to do everything we can to make a Harvard education affordable for families, and we’re really proud of the personal attention and care we put into financial aid for admitted students.
Our travel coordinators are working to organize presentations all over the US next month with our Exploring College Options Program, a travel consortium we participate in with great colleagues from Duke University, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. Check out the Harvard in Your Hometown page to learn of upcoming presentations near you next month.
We’ve also been hard at work reaching out to students and families and planning for our Visitas Program for admitted students later this month. April is one of my favorite months in the admissions cycle because it’s the time when we work most closely with undergraduates. The undergrads can’t wait to welcome the Class of 2016 to campus and have been hard at work planning well over 100 events for the weekend and signing up to be student hosts. Last weekend, student representatives of the Undergraduate Admissions Council (UAC), the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program (UMRP) , and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI) programs got together for our biannual Call-A-Thon to reach out and congratulate our admitted students. All of our undergraduate volunteers had a blast eating pizza and having great conversations with students and families. Some Call-A-Thon photos below!
Stay tuned for lots of great stuff from our bloggers in coming weeks, who will be talking about some of their favorite aspects of campus life. If you have any requests of topics to cover, let us know in the comments section. And if you haven’t had a chance to see Shaun’s video What is Harvard Like yet, check it out!