Ceramicists, Debaters and Irish Folk Harpists: A Look at Amherst College’s Class of 2012
August 25, 2008 Contact: Marjan Hajibandeh ’09E Media Relations Intern 413-542-2321 Caroline Jenkins Hanna Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417
AMHERST, Mass.—Under blue summer skies, the *440 members of Amherst College’s Class of 2012 converged on campus Sunday, Aug. 24, to begin the first semester of their college careers at their new alma mater. The first-years—who range from ceramicists to champion debaters to Irish folk harpists—represent an extraordinary array of beliefs, ambitions, passions, backgrounds and talents, according to Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Tom Parker.
This Christian Science Monitor story, which featured Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Tom Parker
and Admission Fellow Ashley Armato ’08, explored the college’s efforts to recruit
and retain students from low-income backgrounds.
Tom Parker, dean of admission and financial aid, discussed Amherst's decision to replace student loans with grants and scholarships in a lengthy lead story in the Jan. 10-16 edition of the The Valley Advocate. "Amherst College's bold new plan offers graduates the better of two futures," reads a line on the cover of the issue.
Wait-Lists MultiplyThe Wall Street Journal, April 11"The college admissions battle is shifting the waitlist...To broaden its options, Amherst College offered 1,450 spots on the waitlist this year, up from 1,258. With students likely to be on multiple waitlists, "we know we are going to lose a bunch," says Tom Parker, dean of admissions and financial aid."