The admissions department at GW is enacting a major overhaul to its prospective student experience.
Changes include shorter information sessions, forward walking tour guides and an emphasis on anecdotes and experience.
STAR, or Student Admissions Representative, Tour Guide coordinator Deborah Foell spoke about the changes to a group of new tour guides last week, saying “This is going to make things easier. Prospective students will hopefully be more energetic due to the shorter info session”.
Some tour guides are already noticing the difference. Bridget Smith, a second-year guide, is excited about the changes.
“I think it has been absolutely great. It really allows us to connect more one on one with the students who go on our tours,” she said.
The shortened information session has led to the cancellation of the “Info STAR” position, where a student would help deliver the information session with the Admissions director. This was to add a student touch to the session
Foell said the switch is largely due to previous information overlap on tours.
“In past years we had tour guides who didn’t know what was being covered in the information session,” she told new guides at the STAR monthly meeting. “Hopefully this way we leave the nuts and bolts to the information session and the student experience bit to the tour guides.”
The changes appear to be well received with the STAR program reporting a record number of applications this semester.