Admissions Launches Best For All Information Series

As part of the Admission Department’s virtual adaptations, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Coordinator of International Recruitment Dana E. Brown, Associate Dean of Admissions Christine Ding, Director of Admission Operations and Assistant Director of Financial Aid Lauren Z. Gold, and Dean of Admission Will Richardson recently launched the Best for All Information series to give applicants a chance to learn more about the Lawrenceville experience.

As part of the Admission Department’s virtual adaptations, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Coordinator of International Recruitment Dana E. Brown, Associate Dean of Admissions Christine Ding, Director of Admission Operations and Assistant Director of Financial Aid Lauren Z. Gold, and Dean of Admission Will Richardson recently launched the Best for All Information series to give applicants a chance to learn more about the Lawrenceville experience. The series consists of several hour-long Zoom webinars that focus on a specific part of Lawrenceville such as athletics, arts, clubs, and the House system.

The Admissions office has already hosted five information sessions, titled “Admission and Financial Aid Nuts and Bolts,” “Performing Arts,” “Athletics, “House System,” and “Clubs.” It plans to host additional information sessions on topics such as Houses; Covid-19 response and planning; and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the coming weeks.

According to Ding, the information series was created to enable connections between applicants and Lawrenceville students and faculty, a factor that would be lost during a virtual application process. During each presentation, student leaders and faculty discuss their experiences at Lawrenceville, with participants asking them questions. After the live webinar sessions, the sessions are put onto the Lawrenceville website as references for future applicants.

According to Ding, the series originally started as six sessions focusing on a broader view of the Lawrenceville experience, but was consequently expanded into ten in order to cover everything Lawrenceville has to offer.

One of the “biggest obstacle[s] with creating the sessions is you’re always going to leave something out. We all can only do so much between now and the application deadline of January 15, [2021],” Ding reflected.

Ding added that creating “subject-specific info sessions about certain topics could answer questions in a mass communication-type manner while providing families with more information about specific areas of their interest. [The Admissions Department] wanted to try filling the void of all those personal connections that would take place if families were coming to campus.”

Reflecting on the changes brought about by Covid-19, Ding said, “As helpful as these information sessions are, nothing compares to coming on campus, getting that feeling when you step out of your car, being greeted when you walk in the front door of Mackenzie [Administration Building], and having a personalized tour with someone that has a similar background and similar interests that you do.”

However, Ding believes that it’s “really the people that sell our School,” and is glad to be able to still engage with interested applicants through these webinars. Ding hoped that the virtual webinars could pique the interests of students who were thinking about applying. She said, “someone who might just be interested in Lawrenceville could apply after attending a webinar which is specific to them.”

She also noted that the recorded sessions could be distributed in the following years as a resource for Lawrenceville applicants and parents, especially those who are unable to physically visit campus. Looking ahead to the future, Ding commented, “Now it begs the question of whether we could do the sessions next year, [as] I believe people would still attend in large numbers. It could definitely be a helpful and useful alternative for certain families.”

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