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For Admissions, Creative Thought Matters goes virtual

April 6, 2020
by Peter MacDonald

While social distancing is a new concept, creativity at Skidmore is not. And Skidmore’s Admissions staff is using the College’s philosophy of Creative Thought Matters to welcome accepted students to campus, even if the team cannot yet welcome them in person.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly transformed business as usual around the world, Skidmore College has redesigned its admissions tools to welcome the Class of 2024 and to provide a virtual college experience for the next class of Thoroughbreds.

“When it became clear that we would be unable to host our traditional on-campus yield events this year, we committed to virtually recreate the energy, information and personalities that are at the heart of the Accepted Candidate Day and Discovery programs,” said Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Mary Lou Bates.

The Office of Communications and Marketing partnered with the Office of Admissions to deliver — in just a few short days — a range of videos showcasing perspectives from across campus and a comprehensive new Class of 2024 Accepted Candidate Day website. Here are a few highlights:

  • Virtual Accepted Candidate Day videos offer presentations from President Philip A. Glotzbach and Director of the First-Year Experience Amon Emeka, among others. Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Cerri Banks also moderates a panel with students. Together, they help recreate an important component of the program for accepted candidates and their families.
  • Students are also able to sign up to take a virtual campus tour with a student ambassador who will be able to chat with them in real time.
  • Prospective students can connect with more than 60 student ambassadors. There are options to connect virtually with admissions counselors and to sign up for information sessions.
  • Skidmore’s Virtual Discovery Tour 2020 page offers video testimonials from past participants in the program for admitted students from under-represented backgrounds, and also provides new students the opportunity to join a Facebook group.

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