Schedule

This is last year's schedule and intended only as an example. The 2017 schedule will be posted when available.

Thursday (2016 Schedule)

Please refer to the McNab Event Guide (coming soon) for the most up-to-date information on the weekend schedule, including locations.

11 a.m. – Registration Opens

Families may register until 12:30 p.m.

12:45 p.m. – Welcome and Introductions

Welcome by Christopher Gruber, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, and Marya Howell '91, Director of Alumni Relations.

2 and 2:45 p.m. – Discussions

  • A New Face of Leadership: A discussion on what students should consider when preparing for a particular pathway in college or exploring ways to develop a sense of fulfillment and direction.
  • Turning the Tide: A discussion on how students can find a positive balance between personal success and dedication to the common good.
  • The Places You Can Go: A discussion on moving beyond rankings and brand names to find the right "fit."
  • The Me I Choose to Be: A discussion on how to stay true to yourself in the college admission process.

3:30 p.m. – Student/Parent Meetings

Students: Team Meeting – Self-Assessment in the College Search Process
Small group sessions led by members of the Davidson admission staff and high school counselors that focus on the importance of close self-examination in the college search process.

Parents: The Parents' Role
A panel discussion on the role that parents should play in the college admission process. Panelists include:

  • Kathy Bray '85, Associate Dean of Students
  • Annie Porges '85, Senior Major Gifts Officer
  • Steve Soud '84, Director of College Counseling, The Bolles School (moderator)
  • The Reverend Rob Spach '84, College Chaplain

4:30 p.m. – Student/Parent Meetings

Students: Tips on Writing College Essays

  • Kortni R. Campbell, Associate Dean of Admission
  • Steve Soud '84, Director of College Counseling, The Bolles School

Parents: Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships

  • David Gelinas, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Financial Aid
  • Chad Spencer, Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

5:30 p.m. – Student/Parent Activities

Students: Tour and Discussion – What to Ask During Your College Visit

Parents: Reception

6:30 p.m. - Dinner with the Deans and Directors

A panel of admission professionals will discuss issues related to the process (with Q&A). Panelists include:

  • Martha Allman, Dean of Admissions, Wake Forest University
  • Colleen Hennessey, Chair of Counseling Services, Hunter College High School
  • Jim Jump, Academic Dean & Director of Guidance, St. Christopher's School
  • Jeff Kurtzman, Director of College Guidance, McCallie School
  • Ginny Maddux, Director of College Counseling, Montgomery Bell Academy
  • Anne Shandley, Director of College Counseling, Cannon School
  • Steve Soud '84, Director of College Counseling, The Bolles School

Friday (2016 Schedule)

8:15 a.m. – Light Morning Refreshments

8:45 a.m. – Mock Admission Committee

In small groups, families complete an admission case study exercise for an inside view of the application and selection process.

11 a.m. – Application Deliberations

All will gather to review case study application decisions.

12:15 p.m. – Lunch

12:30 - 3:30 p.m. – Family Meetings

Each family will meet with an admission staff member or high school counselor to ask individual questions.

2 p.m.: Essay Writing, Part Two (please sign up ahead of time)

  • Kortni R. Campbell, Associate Dean of Admission
  • Catherine Hare, Admission Counselor

2:30 p.m.: Talking with Coaches (please sign up ahead of time)

  • Dave Kraus, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Admission
  • Jim Jump, Academic Dean & Director of Guidance, St. Christopher's School
  • Matt Spear '93, Head Men's Soccer Coach

* NOTE: Schedule is subject to change. For more information, contact Tammy Forthofer in the Office of Admission & Financial Aid at 1-800-768-0380.