Mar. 31, 2020

A message from Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Andy Strickler

Dear Members of the Connecticut College Community,

Due to changes to campus operations brought on by the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, I wanted to inform you of the steps we have taken in Admission to continue our work and, in particular, welcome the Class of 2024.

With a healthy group of students already committed in Early Decision, we admitted just over 2,300 strong students via Regular Decision on Saturday, March 21. We extended the Candidate Reply Date from the usual May 1 deadline to June 1 to give these students plenty of time to weigh their offers of admission and financial aid to make the best college decision.

On March 2, the day after the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the Northeast was announced, we began creating an alternative plan for yielding this year’s class. Normally, admitted students would come to campus for one of our two Camel Day open houses, but anticipating the campus may close, we decided to move as much of the programming as possible to a digital platform.

Starting yesterday, admitted students began receiving Camel Clips, a series of videos that provide exactly the kind of information they want … and would have received at Camel Days. Once a week they will receive an email listing what’s available on our new Camel Clips webpage, and all videos will remain on the webpage so the students and their families can go back and watch them again.

The Admission staff is currently in the process of contacting every single admitted student via telephone. This is a huge undertaking but one we feel is invaluable to ensure they feel welcomed to our community. We’re sharing information about the extension of the Candidate Reply Date, alerting them about Camel Clips, and referring them to current students, faculty and staff members if they request more information.

We hope you will assist us in these efforts, should we ask for your help. This is how we can show our admitted students the incredible character of this community in the absence of Camel Days.

Most sincerely,

Andy Strickler
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid