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The Milton Measure

Admitted Students Re-visit Campus

by on Friday, April 14th, 2017

After coming home from a long day of school, you notice a sizeable orange envelope in your mailbox. Nervous and excited, you open the envelope to find an acceptance from Milton Academy. With millions of thoughts and emotions going through your head at once, you call your parents, text your friends, laugh hysterically, sigh, and place it on top of your rejection letter from Exeter.

Most Miltonians have probably experienced a similar moment to this one. In fact, all of us students have a common experience of going through the admissions process. Save a few former Milton Academy middle schoolers, we’ve all struggled through the application and the SSATs, toured the campus and interviewed with an admissions counselor, and anxiously waited for the inevitable reply, with the knowledge that the odds were stacked highly against us. And just last month on March 10th, a whole new wave of students received their orange envelopes.

These students, a majority of which belong to the incoming Class of 2021, have completed their processes. They submitted their applications, took their standardized tests, conversed with an interviewer, and, despite facing unfavorable odds, – a 16% acceptance rate, according to – were accepted. But one final step in the cycle remained: revisit day.

Starting on Friday, March 31st, accepted students revisited Milton Academy before making their final decisions about schools. In order get a better feel for the school, the 180-odd students attended assemblies, watched performances of a variety of Milton’s artists, saw a showcase of athletic options, and shadowed a current student. These students and their families then left campus with an idea of what goes on at Milton.

One would assume Milton would specially craft the revisit day student’s experience to attract more students to Milton. However, instead of a special program, school continues as normally as possible.

Rachel Pederson, a physics teacher who taught classes attended by revisiting students, jokes that “the only noticeable differences are that there are fewer available chairs and that there are more bored faces looking up at me as I teach.” To the Admissions Department, this lack of change from an ordinary day at Milton is the goal. “We want the students and teachers to be themselves,” states the Dean of Enrollment and Financial Aid Paul Rebuck, “That way, students and families can get a real, genuine feel for the school.”

Revisit day this year was not without difficulties. One notable challenge was the weather. While Milton can’t be blamed for the region’s weather patterns, the plague of rain all week, Rebuck notes, interfered with the general plan and led to problems in the operations of revisit day.

“The biggest challenge,” remarks Mr. Rebuck, “is that Milton’s greatest asset is its community, and it’s difficult to show that. Our teachers and students are great people, but ordinary tours and websites can’t show that. That’s why revisit day is so important: by immersing people in Milton life, we can let them see our great community for themselves.”

Despite the challenges and setbacks, Mr. Rebuck notes that this admissions cycle was a success. This year marked an all time high for applicants to Milton, with increases in the number of applications from both prospective day students and boarders.

“We can’t thank the students enough,” says Mr. Rebuck, “They have shown themselves to be kind.” The Admissions Office has received overwhelming praise and positive feedback based on their experiences, and it seems like revisit day is working. Now, the only thing to do is to wait until next school year, when the newest generation will begin their applications and start the admissions cycle all over again.

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