Committee is Coming, Committee is Coming

We Admit It!  We are hype.  This is the culmination of all of our efforts.  This is where the magic happens.  This is the pinnacle of our work.  And we are ready to get the show on the road.

The Committee Snack Cart

The Committee Snack Cart

So why do we spend the next three to four weeks in windowless rooms staring at application file after application file?  Because this is what our work is all about; we are crafting William & Mary’s 320th class.  For the past several months, we have all been ships in the night, passing each other only infrequently as we dare to take a break from independently reviewing each and every file in our individual regions.  Now, we get to come back together as a staff and work together towards a collective goal.  And don’t worry; we have all the sugar we need to keep us going for the next several weeks.

Each of us will present our individual geographic regions before a committee of our colleagues.  We will bring to committee those files we deem to be the most competitive of those not already admitted through our multi-read review process.  Together, we will discuss the individual merits of each applicant relative to the greater applicant pool.  Then we vote.  Our goal is to admit those students who present the most compelling cases.  There’s no singular most compelling case.  Some students are compelling because their academic merits are so outstanding.  Others because they are running the show at their school.  For others, it might be because of what they’ve overcome.  Still others have honed a special talent, or have had really unique experiences, or blew it out of the water when they came to campus for an optional interview, or present a diverse background, and so on and so on.  Some students, let’s call them well-rounded, will present a little bit of each of these types of compelling cases.  We have built a very diverse and dynamic staff that will thoughtfully make these decisions.  As a result we will build a diverse and dynamic incoming class.We look forward to taking this journey with you through our Overheard in Committee blogs and through the pleasure of once again, reviewing your application files.  Whatever the individual outcome is of this process for you personally, know that we are honored that you applied to W&M, and we are constantly amazed by the accomplishments of our applicants.

Stay tuned.  Committee will begin shortly.

Wendy Livingston ’03, M.Ed. ‘09
Associate Dean of Admission

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