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.

Too Few Low-Income College Students?

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.

Equal Footing

Chicago Tribune: Colleges recruit low-income students

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna
Dean of Admissions Tom Parker was interviewed for this story about schools implementing new strategies to attract the most diverse student bodies possible.

Bloomberg News: Record Wait List Led by Amherst, Yale, MIT Brings High Anxiety

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna
Tom Parker, Amherst's dean of admission and financial aid, commented in an April 16 Bloomberg News story about college wait lists this spring.

New York Times: A Cure for the College-Bound Blues

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Tom Parker was quoted in a Times article about growing numbers of high school seniors taking a year off before starting college.

Amherst College to Extend Need-Blind Admission Policy to International Students

Submitted by Emanuel Costache
April 9, 2008 Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417

Valley Advocate: Live Aid

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna
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.

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