College admission officials meet with Class of 2021
Admission officials from three schools – Lafayette College, the University of Southern California and Washington and Lee University – met virtually with Ransom Everglades senior students and parents on September 3 to explain the changed landscape in college admissions because of the global pandemic, and offer tips on navigating the application process in 2020-21.
The admission leaders shared perspectives and guidance on standardized testing, other elements of the application, virtual admission events, admission deferrals from the Class of 2020, and other issues. They also took questions.
“For the students here tonight, you have to try to embrace the situation we’re in,” said Greg MacDonald, vice president for enrollment management at Lafayette College. “The whole world is going through this. It’s more of a level playing field now than it has ever been.”
Kirk Brennan, associate dean and director of undergraduate admission at USC, and Leonard Satterwhite, senior associate dean of admission at Washington and Lee University, joined MacDonald at the College Counseling Office Senior Parents Night. RE Director of College Counseling Lew Stival and counselors Claudia Jolivert, Daniel Creasy, Aleny Garcia, Roger Caron, John King and Terry Giffen organized and directed the evening.
Stival encouraged RE students and parents who had questions or concerns as the process played out to reach out to him or their college counselors. Garcia reminded of the upcoming ACT on October 6 and SAT on October 14; both tests at RE are offered only to Ransom Everglades seniors.
Jolivert explained RE’s decision to shift from the 12.0 unweighted grading scale to the 4.0 unweighted grading scale that is widely used at colleges and universities. The change for the 2020-21 school year, she said, would make it easier for college admission officials to evaluate RE students’ applications, streamlining the review process.
Creasy concluded by announcing that Ransom Everglades was partnering with seven area schools and Breakthrough Miami to host virtual college visits in September and October for juniors and seniors. More than 100 colleges and universities already have signed up. Families of juniors and seniors will receive more information about these virtual events soon.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.