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In the coming months, Emma Willard’s Head of Enrollment Management, Kristen Mariotti will share insights, advice, and expert tips on applying to independent schools. We hope you will find these installments helpful as you navigate your school search! 

It’s that time of year again! Independent day and boarding schools have opened their online applications and admissions offices across the country are eagerly awaiting their new batch of applicants for the 2024-25 school year. No doubt, it is an exciting time for students who are beginning this journey, but it also can be a little intimidating. There are so many forms to fill out, events to attend, and tests to take, that it can feel like a never-ending process, but Mrs. Mariotti,  head of enrollment management at Emma Willard School has some surefire tips to make applying a little more manageable, and perhaps even a little bit fun!

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Student leaders Vernette B. '24 and Ceci C. '24 welcoming accepted students during opening days.

1. Make a List of Schools.

You may have one “dream” school in mind, but remember that the admissions process at independent schools is highly competitive. Even if you are an awesome student, a great athlete, a talented artist, and a leader, you may not be accepted to your first-choice school. Many factors go into admissions decisions that are beyond your control, and it is always a good idea to have some “back-up” schools in mind. Determine what is most important to you and narrow down a good list of three to five schools that match up with your passions and interests.

2. Visit!

If it is possible before you submit your application, visit the schools in which you are interested, even if it is a virtual visit! This shows the school that you are serious about them and it also allows you to make sure you feel like the school is a good match for you. School visits allow prospective students and their families to get a glimpse of their unique offerings and programs. Whether it's a tour of campus and a chat with an admissions officer, an open house event, or a performance or sporting event,  be sure to seek out opportunities to get to know your list of independent schools and ask lots of questions! Here are some upcoming events at Emma! 

3. Ace Your Interview.

Just about every independent school requires an interview. Some may happen before the application is complete, some are scheduled once the application is submitted, and some schools will conduct all interviews by Zoom or other online platforms. Whenever it happens, however it happens, this article gives some great tips on how to shine when it is your time to interview!

Apply now to Emma Willard School for free! 

Wishing you all the best in your application process this year! Stay tuned for tips on school visits and submitting an excellent application in upcoming editions.


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