Admission Director to Offer Insight to Parents of High Schoolers

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Rick Clark lives and breathes the college admission process every day and knows how stressful it can be for high schoolers and parents alike. That’s why this summer, the director of Undergraduate Admission will share his expertise with the campus community at a forum for any faculty and staff member who has a high schooler that plans to apply to college.

The Basics of College Admission will provide tips for approaching the process pragmatically as a family, no matter where a student plans to apply. Clark said anyone in the Tech community with a high schooler who is thinking about going to college should attend.

“We want the program to be a benefit for faculty and staff,” he said. “It won’t be about how to get into Georgia Tech, but we’ll talk about good ways to visit schools, how to put together a balanced college list, and how admission decisions are made. There will be something relevant for anyone with a student going into ninth through 12th grade.”

Employees are welcome to bring their high school students but do not have to. Even for those who have already had a student go through the process, Clark says there are things to be learned.

“We hear from parents who say, ‘I’m gonna do this differently next time,’” he said.
Clark and his staff write a weekly blog about college admission and the holistic process, which offers thoughts on getting ready to apply to and go to college for high schoolers, their parents, and their family members. He also recently co-authored The Truth about College Admission, which will be released in September from Johns Hopkins University Press.

The event will take place Thursday, June 13, from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m. in the Clary Theatre of the Bill Moore Student Success Center. Attendees can register online. Those who can’t attend can view a similar presentation Clark gave to Georgia Tech alumni in 2018.


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