Dean of Admissions Offers Advice to High School Juniors


In an open letter to concerned high school juniors recently published in the Washington PostAndrew B. Palumbo, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid offers some reassuring words:

“Take care of yourself. Look out for your friends and family. Focus on your education to the best of your ability. The rest of it? We’ll figure it out together.” 

The COVID-19 pandemic has added a level of uncertainty never experienced by students wondering how to navigate the college admissions process. Palumbo told students, “I’m writing to you not because I believe I have all of the answers, but because I know you have these questions.”

A few things Palumbo says students should not worry about include pass/fail grades, standardized tests, and the admissions committee. “We are here for you,” he says, “be safe and be well.”

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