100 Alumni, Children Attend Annual Legacy Admission Information Day
About 100 alumni and their high-school age children learned about the college application process from experts at Providence College during the annual Legacy Admission Information Day sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations.
Danica Lynch ’13, who is legacy chair of the Student Alumni Association and has strong family ties to PC, shared her experience in discovering the College anew as a prospective student when her mother, Gina M. Lynch ’81, brought her on a campus tour.
“It was the first time I had ever driven through the Harkins gate. I urge (the students) to come through that way as well,” said Lynch. “It was the first time I looked at PC as a prospective student. I fell in the love with the community, the heads-up campus, with everything.”
Deciding to attend PC was “the great decision of my life,” Lynch told the parents and students gathered in Moore Hall.
“Being able to share my experience with not only my parents, brother, and younger sister, but also both my grandfathers, my uncles, and most of my aunts, has been something that I have cherished,” she said.
Lynch’s father, Michael P. Lynch ’83, vice president of the National Alumni Association Board of Governors, said the physical appearance of the College has changed in 30 years, but “the strength of its Catholic foundation and liberal arts education has remained a constant.”
Both lead “to a growth and maturity in every student that walks through the doors, so that after graduation, the legacy (student) can go on to become a leader in the church, community, and business he or she finds himself in,” Michael Lynch said.
Raul Fonts, dean of admission and financial aid, gave parents and prospective students an overview of the admission process in his talk, “Applying to College 101.” Fonts also discussed changes to the application process that are specific to PC, including the new “early decision” option being offered for the first time this fall.
Prospective students who select the option must apply before December 1 and will hear back from the College before mid-January. They agree that if they are accepted, they will withdraw all other college applications and submit an enrollment deposit to PC before February 15.
Betsy Eckel Scola, associate director of financial aid, reviewed financial aid procedures for parents. In addition to explaining the types of aid available, she reminded them to keep track of deadlines, retain copies of everything submitted, and involve their children in the process.
Members of the Student Alumni Association took the prospective students to the cafeteria in Raymond Hall for lunch and a question and answer session.
Other events included Mass and campus tours, along with the chance to attend a men’s soccer game against Marquette University, a women’s ice hockey game against McGill University, and WaterFire in downtown Providence.
— Vicki-Ann Downing
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