October 2011 Archives

November and December Recruitment Events!

Recruitment season is well under way at Olin College!  With the end of October comes a new wave of open houses happening across the United States!  If you'd like to learn more about Olin College, attending one of these events is an excellent way to do just that!

Register online here, and join us at a location near you! 

November 5th - Atlanta, GA with Assistant Director Laura Cotten

November 6th - Chicago, IL with Assistant Dean Emily Moscol

November 12th - San Jose, CA with Director of the Western Regional Office Duncan Murdoch

November 13th - West Palm Beach, FL with Dean of Admission Charlie Nolan

November 20th  - Seattle, WA with Assistant Director Laura Cotten

November 27th - Portland, OR with Assistant Director Laura Cotten

December 11th - East Meadow, NY with Assistant Dean Emily Moscol

As always, if you have any questions for us, just email us at apply@olin.edu.  We look forward to reading your applications soon!

Thank you.

Much thanks to all of you who attended our Fall Open House this past Sunday. We had 76 prospective students visit campus - about 200 total visitors - to learn about our innovative curriculum, see our state-of-the-art campus and have fun (we hope) interacting with Olin students, faculty and staff. It was a great event of which we in the Admission Office are proud.

Thank you as well to all of the student, faculty, staff and parent volunteers who helped us make the day happen. It's always great to see the Olin community pull together to make something special.

Good luck to you all as you continue your high school studies and college search processes. We look forward to reviewing many of your applications this year and in the years ahead.

character flaws

This week in the Olin College Admission Office, we received a handful of emails from students encountering technical difficulties with our supplement to the Common Application. The students are receiving odd character counts when pasting text into the answer fields to our two essay questions on the supplement. The first question asks students, "Why do you want to come to Olin?" and asks for a response that does not exceed 500 words. The second queries, "What is your passion?" and allows for answers up to 300 words*.

*The actual prompts are worded more eloquently than that, but you get the idea.

What's important to know is that the Common Application's web form does not count words**. Rather, it programs each field for written responses with character caps, which, unless regularly using words of inordinate length like "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," easily allow for completion of the written response within the limit. The aforementioned applicants are experiencing problems because they are attempting to copy and paste their responses into the forms.

**What's even more important to know is that we in the Admission Office do not count words either - just keep your responses in the ballpark of the suggested word limits and you will be fine.

Web forms do not like pre-formatted text, and word processing applications like Microsoft Word layer text with all sorts of code. This code causes unforeseen, and sometimes unseen, problems when pasted into a web form hungry for unformatted verbiage. To avoid these technical issues, either write responses directly in the web form - and proofread carefully - or copy and paste writing from a Word file into a simple text application like Notepad to clean it up before then copying and pasting it again into the web form.

Completing college applications is stressful enough already, and we understand how frustrated these technical obstacles can be. That's why we are here, happy to respond to your emails and calls about any issues you may encounter.

P.S. The folks at Common App are great at assisting you through issues as well.

Texas Info Sessions!

We are pleased to announce two more information sessions, both in Texas.
Charlie Nolan, Dean of Admission, will be hosting receptions as follows: 

Sunday, October 16 from 7-9 pm at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, TX

Thursday, October 20 from 7-9 pm at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Grapevine, TX

If you are interested in attending one of these events, please RSVP online here.Specific addresses and direction information will be sent out ahead of the event.

We look forward to meeting you!

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