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It’s natural that applicants want to ask questions of real-live students, so this year we’ve launched a “Connect with a Student” feature. If you are interested in connecting with a current Fletcher student, email email@example.com with the following information:
- intended degree program
- areas of interest, such as potential Fields of Study or career goals
- any specific questions you would like answered
The students who review the inbox will reach out to our Admissions Ambassadors to find someone whose interests match yours, if needed. (General questions will, of course, get the quickest response.)
September is three-quarters vaporized already and the October 15 deadline for January enrollment is only three weeks away! January enrollment has traditionally been limited to the MALD program, but this year — following a re-think — it’s an option for MIB students, too.
“Januarians” are always a special subset of the community. Their Fletcher careers put them in contact with three different classes, giving them an extra broad network. They also have the opportunity to pursue two different internships during their two summers, or they can use one summer for an internship and one for another activity, such as career-related language study. There are some real pluses to starting midyear.
Of course, there are some negatives, which mostly relate to being newbies when everyone else already knows the ropes, but the negatives are quickly overcome.
From an Admissions perspective, reviewing the applications that arrive in October gives us a good chance to get back into the application-reading groove. That it’s a smaller, more manageable batch of applications makes it all seem easy, and then it’s only two months before we can greet the new midyear students!
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Today, Christine describes several options for visits to Fletcher. (During your visit, you can even Consult Christine in person!)
You may have noticed that we have some exciting new programming taking place this year in the Admissions Office. In addition to our weekly Information Sessions and Evaluative Interviews, the team has added “Visit Events,” a new way for you to interact with staff and students and to learn about Fletcher. Now let’s dig a bit deeper into these visit options!
Visit Days: One of our Visit Events, Visit Days will be offered on several Fridays this fall. The events will all include lunch, an information session, a current student panel, and a tour of Fletcher. There is also the option to interview before or after the event, though space is limited. (Interview appointments will be made on a first come, first served basis.)
Evening Information Sessions: These are similar to our Visit Days, except, well, you guessed it, at night! We will have two evening sessions this semester to provide prospective applicants even more flexibility to learn about Fletcher at their convenience.
MIB Visit Days: MIB Visit Days provide the opportunity for prospective applicants to learn more about this program. These sessions, which will held on Mondays October 7 and November 4 this fall, allow you the opportunity to interact with current students, sit in on Fletcher classes, and attend an information session that will cover the specifics of the MIB program. Lunch is provided. (How could you say no to that?!) There is also the option to interview while you are here.
PhD Visit Day: This year’s PhD Visit Day will be held on Monday, October 21. This day is specifically tailored to the needs of prospective PhD applicants, including an informative session focusing on this program. It is also strongly suggested that you schedule an interview, should you attend this event.
All of our visit options are free and open to all interested applicants! If you have questions about any of the programming this year, please send us an email or give us a call at +1.617.627.3040. We are happy to answer any questions you have and even happier to meet you when you visit!
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This week we really kicked off our fall travel. Kristen has already been to New York and back for MBA and Idealist fairs. And Liz is wrapping up a trip to the Midwest. Here are a few photos that she sent along from a visit to Macalaster College in St. Paul, MN.
A welcome sign on a sunny day after a long drive:
The team for the panel discussion:
Most of our travel falls into one of two categories, either participating in various types of graduate school fairs, or visiting colleges and universities in the U.S. and beyond. The college visits are often done together with a group of representatives of some APSIA peers. It’s helpful to the students we meet to hear a diversity of information, and it gives us a great window into what our friendly competitors are doing.
The travel schedule is nearly complete, but some last visits are still being added. Check it out, now and then, to see if we’ve added a visit to a location near you.
With the graduation of Dear Ariel last spring came a dilemma. Who would write a weekly blog post answering applicants’ hot questions? The answer was as plain as the front desk of the Admissions Office — Christine has the FletcherAdmissions email inbox clearly in her sight at all times. Thus, Consult Christine was born. Today, Christine provides her perspective on the most efficient ways to connect with us.
After a year of sitting at the “Command Center” of the office, I have fielded calls, emails, and walk-ins with many different questions. I often hear, “I am not sure if this was the right way to reach you,” or “I am not sure if this is the right place to be asking,” so I thought I would take the opportunity for my first Consult Christine post to break down the best ways to reach us. From Information Sessions to Interviews, and Visit Days to off-campus events, we have a lot going on this fall and want you to be able to contact us in the most efficient way possible.
With the Evaluative Interview program starting on September 23, it is timely to start with this! I will have an upcoming post going into more depth on the interview program, but for now the best way to schedule an interview is to call us at +1 617-627-3040. This is the easiest option for both you and us, so we can tell you what times are available and you can provide us with all the information we need. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to ask questions. If you are not able to reach us by phone, you can certainly email us to set up an appointment. But I would encourage you to call if you can!
Information Sessions, which will be in full swing starting next week, are a great way to get a general feel for Fletcher, see the campus, and interact with students and staff. The best way to register for an Information Session is to use our online registration portal. However, if you are already on the phone with us, we would be happy to register you. The same applies for Visit Events.
Questions or comments can be forwarded by phone or email. We answer email in all of our inboxes consistently, and try to have answers to you in a timely fashion. I would recommend email if you have more in-depth questions! If you feel that it would suit you better to call us with questions, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you over the phone. Both staff and our team of student interns is happy to speak with you about whatever you may need.
And you can always pop in for a visit! We welcome visitors to Fletcher to chat with an Admissions Officer, sit in on a class, or interact with our students. Note that the office is open from 9:00 to 5:00 U.S. East Coast time.
I look forward to hearing from you as the year goes on, however you choose to connect with us!
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At this morning’s Admissions team meeting, travel was the topic of the day. Two of us will be hitting the road this weekend, and all of us are booking flights, picking up visas, shipping materials, and lining up alumni who will join us at the larger grad school fairs.
We may be traveling to a location near you! Check our calendar of events on the road to find out. For the moment, please note that dates/sites are still being added as the details are finalized. If you don’t see a location near you today, check back again in a week or so.
There’s a certain irony that the week when Fletcher turns lively is also a week when I don’t have much time to write about it in the blog. I’ll do better next week!
Meanwhile, I wanted to say a quick word about the Fletcher approach to admissions interviews.
We’ll be kicking off the season for on-campus interviews on Monday, September 23. There is also an option to record an interview as part of your application. Both forms of interviews are strictly optional. But I would encourage you to try to include one in your application.
We’re going to have plenty to say about both the on-campus and online interviews in the coming weeks. Today, I’ll just cover two key organizational points about scheduling an on-campus interview.
Point One: Interviews are generally offered only through the first week of December, and most applicants plan to schedule their interview before submitting their application. It isn’t an invitation process — it’s your decision. (Yes, I know that many professional schools take a different approach, but their approach is not relevant for your Fletcher application.) So if you’re going to want to interview on campus, you should make your plans to visit now.
Point Two: If you’re going to visit, you should call us soon to schedule your interview. Right now, there are appointments available nearly every hour on nearly every day (Monday to Friday) throughout the fall. Come up with a visit concept (date, morning/afternoon) and then call (or email, though calling can be more efficient) and grab a time.
As I said, more details will follow, but I want to get the word out there that now is a good time to plan your Fletcher visit.
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Welcome to the 2013-2014 Admissions Blog! Although there’s no firm start to each year’s admissions cycle, the day when all our students — first year and continuing — return, seems like an appropriate kick-off.
And what can you expect from the blog this year? Mixed in with the usual admissions news and tips, we’ll have several new features:
- “Consult Christine” — in which Christine tackles the questions that have been flowing into the office each week, possibly answering your own question before you even had a chance to think of it.
- Five-year Updates from the Class of 2008
- New alumni updates, from the Class of 2013
- And some other things that I have in my head but I don’t want to write down, in case they don’t quite work out.
Meanwhile, for those of you who are new to the blog, I hope you’ll make yourself at home. Check out past posts by selecting a category, scrolling through the archives by date, or clicking on a tag — options you can find just to the left of this post. Also to the left is the option to subscribe to the blog. Choose your preferred medium, including email. Plus, we usually link to the blog from the Admissions Facebook page and Twitter feed.
The start of a new academic year is always exciting, and I’m looking forward to sharing some Fletcher excitement with you. Welcome!
This morning’s Orientation activity included ice-breakers, with the students divided into several animal-named groups. Along with a continuing student, Franklin, I was the Owl leader, and I think it’s fair to say that Owls rule! It was fun to attach faces to names we have heard for half a year, and to learn a little about each owl.
Now we’re off to lunch with the new students. Other tasks will have to wait until this afternoon.
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