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Four New Amherst College Programs to Boost Higher Ed Access and Success for Low-Income Students

January 16, 2014

 

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** Editor’s note: The college’s following efforts were covered or mentioned by several media outlets, including Bloomberg News, CNN Money, The Boston Globe, Radio Boston and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, among others.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —At a White House summit devoted to improving access and success for low-income students nationally, Amherst College President Biddy Martin today announced four new initiatives aimed at providing low-income students access to college and fostering their success in higher education at Amherst and beyond.

Katharine Fretwell ’81 Named Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Amherst College; Longtime Dean Tom Parker to Retire

Submitted on Friday, 12/20/2013, at 9:20 AM

December 19, 2013

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Katharine “Katie” Fretwell

AMHERST, Mass.—Katharine “Katie” Fretwell , a 1981 graduate of Amherst College who has served her alma mater’s Admission Office in various capacities for nearly 25 years, has been appointed dean of admission and financial aid at the college, effective July 1, 2014. Fretwell, currently the dean of admission, succeeds Amherst’s longtime Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Tom Parker, who will retire at the end of June. Parker’s retirement ends an illustrious 15-year career at the college.

Life Outside of College

So this is my first blog post (YAY?!!?). I am both excited and nervous right now. Excited because I’ve never really been in the public eye before--I pray to God that I don’t make a fool out of myself--and nervous because I am hoping that you will find my post entertaining and will want to read more.

After a marathon of Game of Thrones Season 1 (I am trying to get Julia, the other blogger, to get into GoT, so please pester her about watching!!! Just kidding. But not really though……), I have finally mustered up the motivation to write my first blog post. Here goes nothing…..!

A Matter of National Interest

NPR: Behind The Scenes: How Do You Get Into Amherst?

National Public Radio’s Tovia Smith featured Amherst’s admission team in a lengthy piece about the college search process.

Summer is time to kick college search into gear, Amherst College admission director says

July 26, 2010

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AMHERST, Mass. – Especially for rising high school seniors and their parents, carving out time this summer for the college search and application process will mean less worry later on, according to Katharine Fretwell, Amherst College’s director of admission.

WalletPop: From community college to Amherst College and Yale Medical School

The admission office’s efforts to recruit and retain community college transfers got a nice nod in this piece.

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