May 11, 2011

News from the 2011 College Reception Circuit

Many colleges and universities hit the road this time of year to begin a recruitment process that actually gets into full swing in the fall.

Short of actually visiting a campus, these presentations offer opportunities for you to get basic information about a school as well as make yourself known to area representatives.

Although these sessions are usually open to the public, it’s generally a good idea to pre-register if the opportunity is offered. Otherwise, how are the college reps running the event going to know how many folding chairs to set up?

Exploring College Options: This is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford. The tour has three stops in the DC area, with the first scheduled for Sunday, May 15th at the Tysons Corner Marriott, at 7:30 p.m.

Exploring Educational Excellence: Join Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, and Rice for an information session targeted to prospective students and families. Sessions include an overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, as well as a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. The tour hits DC on May 24th, at the Greenbelt Marriott. You must register to attend.

8 of the Best Colleges: Claremont McKenna, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Grinnell, Haverford, Kenyon, Macalester, and Sarah Lawrence invite students and families to learn more about these eight nationally recognized liberal arts colleges. Presentations will take place on May 17 at the Bethesda Marriott and May 18 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

Colleges That Change Lives: This year, CTCL will visit the Washington DC area on Sunday, May 22, at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center. Plan to attend one of two programs scheduled (11:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.). Each program begins with a 30-minute information session followed immediately by the college fair.

Case Western Reserve University, Brandeis, and University of Rochester: A joint information session is scheduled for 1:00 pm, on Saturday, May 21, at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center in downtown DC. Advance registration is recommended.

Fairfield University: Meet with admissions staff and learn more about academic opportunities, student life, and Fairfield’s beautiful campus on Monday, May 16, at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda. The program begins at 7:00 pm. RSVP by calling Alison Hildenbrand (203.254.4100 x2957) or emailing

Boston College: Scheduled for May 19 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, this informational program is designed to provide prospective students with an “Eagle Overview.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Admissions counselors will present a general information session to high school students who may be in the early stages of their college search. You can register now for the event scheduled for Sunday, June 5 at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel.

Northwestern University: Scheduled for June 7th at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel, this session is open to students and their families but advance registration is required.

University of Virginia: The UVa Admissions Office hosts evening programs in cities across the country arranged in cooperation with local alumni clubs. Two Virginia regional events are taking place this spring (UVa also travels in the fall with Harvard and Princeton).

Note that you're much more likely to receive advance notice of these events if you've registered for information or otherwise demonstrated interest to colleges on your search list.

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