The College Admission Landscape was already changing at warp speed...and then COVID happened. The resulting shifts — and the requirements and vernacular springing up around them (Test Optional? Virtual visits? Impact on athletics?) — call for new understanding, planning and passion when it comes to charting a college path.
To help navigate it all, WRA's College Counseling Office is pleased to offer a new informational series to families in the Reserve community and beyond. "Reserve Your Future" will kick off with a webinar at 7:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 27, 2021 to which all are invited. Titled The Current Landscape of College Admission, this session will feature admission professionals from some of the country's top institutions of higher learning.
"I'm so excited by the group of incredible professionals and the variety of institutions who will lend their expertise and insight to our first Reserve Your Future event," said Anna Barlow Boesch, Director of WRA's College Counseling Office. "The college admission process has become more complex and competitive, and we are deeply committed to educating our community and providing support. This new series will give any college-bound family a ground-level look into the college landscape today."
Panelists in the webinar include:
Veronica Hauad, Deputy Director of Admissions/Deputy Director for Access, Affordability, and Inclusion, University of Chicago
Darryl Uy, Director of Admission, Bates College
Juan Espinoza, Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Director of Undergraduate Admission, Virginia Tech
WRA's College Counseling approach is rooted in a highly personalized approach and a low student to counselor ratio. One longstanding and distinguishing factor is the involvement of a College Counseling Committee, which is composed of a group of faculty and college counselors who meet frequently to discuss each WRA student. This collective effort ultimately allows for a fuller picture for students as they pursue their best fit colleges.
WRA's Class of 2021 matriculated to 64 different colleges and universities in 21 states, the District of Columbia, Brazil, Canada, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. Athletes in the Class of 2021 headed to destinations including American University, the University of Wisconsin and University of Nebraska.
Barlow Boesch feels great pride for every student and their college destination, but also delights in the joy of the high school journey for Pioneers.
"College preparedness is enduringly central to the WRA value proposition," said Barlow Boesch. "Being professionals working in a boarding school, we know our students well, and we are able to relay to admission committees, with authority, who our students are and what they can contribute to their communities. We owe our students as much, because we know that the end of their time at Reserve is, in fact, just the beginning of the rest of their lives."