By Sarah Pride
Patrick Henry College
Members of the 2010 incoming class meet professors and students during the Spring, 2010 Admitted Student Day
“It appears the momentum is building,” says William Kellaris, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. “More people are inquiring about PHC than ever before.”
The Office of Enrollment began the year with the goal to see 135 new degree-seeking students incoming in Fall of 2011. With Kellaris now heading up Enrollment, leading a staff comprised mostly of recent PHC alumni, the Office established a series of procedures to better serve applicants and make the application process more timely and efficient.
“Each file is thoroughly reviewed by staff in Admissions and Student Life, or by faculty or members of the administration, as appropriate,” Kellaris explains. “We advise students of a decision within four weeks of receiving all components of a complete application. Financial Aid decisions are made after acceptance.”
Typically, students learn about PHC through a variety of advertisements, conferences, and personal endorsements through family and friends. But many make their final decisions -- and connect personally with the College’s unique mission -- through the Office of Enrollment’s lively campus visit program. This fall the Office spearheaded a series of Prospective Student Days, taking special care to give high-schoolers the best all-round experience of what PHC offers. Each of the three-day events during the fall saw increasing attendance, with registration closed for the third a few weeks early, it having reached maximum capacity.
“We got an enthusiastic response,” says Kellaris, sharing the story of a one young woman who arrived during a four-college tour with her mother. She returned back home after attending a Prospective Student Day and immediately arranged to join the PHC campus in January.
“It was the interaction with the students and faculty that did it,” Kellaris relates.
Part of the heightened interest in PHC may be traced to the types of purposeful applicants the Office of Enrollment is seeking. Kellaris states that they are “recruiting students interested in graduating, not just shopping around.
“We want to ensure that students are prepared to benefit from the academic and spiritual opportunities PHC offers,” he says.
The College is planning four more Prospective Student Days for the Spring, 2011 semester. And in mid-April, the Admitted Student Day will gather members of the class of 2015 together on a large scale for the first time.