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College 101: The State of College Admissions

College 101: The State of College Admissions

On April 11, Central Catholic students and parents attended a college information presentation, hosted by Central Catholic's Office of School & College Counseling. 

The presenters and panel of admissions experts consisted of:

  • Ms. Jennifer Cluett, Director of Admissions, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Mr. John Hamel, Vice President of Enrollment, Anna Maria College
  • Mr. Thomas Hamel, Admissions Officer, Harvard University
  • Ms. Kerri Johnston, Dean of Enrollment Management, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Topics included

  • Outlining characteristics unique to the four participating colleges and universities
  • Factors that make continuing education at a specific type of college unique
  • The holistic admissions process from the perspective of a state university system, liberal arts institution, STEM college and most selective college
  • Advice for students as they look to identify a best fit college to continue their education

The evening concluded with a moderated question and answer forum.

Thank you to Mr. Kevin McCarthy and the School & College Counseling Team, to Ms. Jennifer Cluett of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, to Mr. John Hamel of Anna Maria College, to Mr. Thomas Hamel of Harvard University, and to Ms. Kerri Johnston of the University of Massachusetts Lowell for a highly informative presentation and discussion!

Families sitting in seats looking at stage during presentation

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.