October 19th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 16, 2015

RFH Students and Parents Get

“Insider’s Look” at College Admission

RFH students discuss the merits of fictional applicants and the college admission process with Alison Hildenbrand, Director of Admission at Fairfield University.


Rumson – An “Interactive College Admissions Committee Workshop” was presented at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on the evening of October 8th from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Approximately one hundred students and parents attended the event, which was the first of its kind at RFH and designed to provide an “insider’s view” into the college admission process.

Six college admissions professionals were on hand to act as facilitators –

  • Beth Guzzo, Senior Assistant Director of Admission and Diversity Recruitment at Lehigh University
  •  Alison Hildenbrand, Director of Admission at Fairfield University
  •  Dr. Tim Lee, Director of Undergraduate Admission at University at Albany, SUNY
  • Michael Mansuy, Assistant Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Davidson College
  • Kent Rinehart, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management and Dean of Undergraduate Admission at Marist College
  •  Danielle Toglia, Regional Director of Admission for George Washington University

“These professionals do this for a living, and they are very good at it,” said RFH Director of Guidance and School Counseling Fran Swift. “They believe in the process, and I am thankful that they have traveled and taken the time to be here with us.”

For the workshop, parents and students were assigned separately to classrooms where they were met by one of the college admission professionals. They were given the applications of three outstanding “students” competing for just one open spot in the class of 2020 at fictional Westbrook College. They were also provided with background information on Westbrook, including a “Class of 2019 Profile.”

After studying the applications, participants worked in small groups and then as a class to render an important decision – each of the fictional applicants would either be accepted, waitlisted, or denied by consensus.

“This program puts you in the shoes of an admissions professional, and it was interesting to see the process from their perspective,” said Dan Oberle, parent of RFH junior Jack Oberle as well as two college-age daughters. “I feel that this is definitely a program worth continuing.”

Jack concurred, noting that participation in the event has changed his view of the essay writing process. “I learned that is better to not just write about sports or other activities, but to focus on what makes you unique,” he said.


Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Press Release Writer

mkampfe@rumsonfairhaven.org or 908-347-8885