Deans’ Days and Student-Dean Conversations for Alumni Children

DEANS’ DAYS

The Office of Admission has scheduled three Deans’ Days for the summer of 2019. Designed expressly for Amherst alumni parents and their children who will be high school seniors in 2019–20, these events provide an opportunity for Amherst families to learn more about the College admission process generally, and also to see the college visiting and application process through the lens of Amherst College from Amherst’s admission deans. Each program includes a group conversation for parents and students, a student-led tour of the campus and a light lunch. In 2019, Deans’ Days will be held on Friday, May 31; Thursday, July 11; and Thursday, Aug. 8. Each program is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (Note: The May 31 session, during Reunion Weekend, will also be open to students who will be high school juniors in 2019–20.) Preregistration is required. To register for one of the three Deans’ Days, please contact Marcy Dyer by phone at (413) 542–2609 or by email at mdyer@amherst.edu. Detailed information will be emailed to registrants two weeks prior to the event.

Preregistration is required. To register for one of the three Deans’ Days, please contact Marcy Dyer by phone at (413) 542-2609 or by email at mdyer@amherst.edu. Detailed information will be mailed to registrants two weeks prior to the event.

STUDENT-DEAN CONVERSATIONS

Alumni children who are rising high school seniors may also arrange for a conversation with a staff member in the Office of Admission. These meetings allow for an exploration of the student’s interests and aspirations, with an eye toward being helpful in navigating the college admission process. They do not, however, serve an evaluative purpose, as we do not take conversations or demonstrated interest into consideration in admission decisions. Each conversation will be scheduled with an Admission staff member familiar with the educational environment of the student’s high school and geographic region.

To ensure a productive conversation, at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting, the student will be expected to provide:

  • any available standardized test results
  • a transcript through the junior year
  • a list of senior-year academic classes
  • a school profile (available from the high school counseling office)

 The ideal time for student-dean conversations is between June 1 and Labor Day; they are offered Monday–Friday only and will not be available after Sept. 30. To schedule an appointment for a student-dean conversation, please contact Marcy Dyer by phone at (413) 542–2609 or by email at mdyer@amherst.edu.

A few time slots for student-dean conversations are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the afternoons of the Deans’ Day programs listed above. An appointment for one of those student-dean conversations should be requested when registering for the Deans’ Day program; participation in the Deans’ Day program does not automatically include an appointment for a student-dean conversation.