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On-Line Chat Scheduled For Prospective Students

November 14, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

High school students considering attending Davidson are invited to an on-line "Cat Chat" to find out more about the college. This Thursday, Nov. 15, and Tuesday, Nov. 27, current Davidson students and admission counselors will be available to answer questions about the college in an on-line chat room.

Participants don't need any special software. Just browse over to http://www.davidson.edu/catchat/ between 7-10 p.m. (Eastern time) each evening and log in. Participants are also welcome to join and leave the chat at any point during the three hour session.

This is the third year for Cat Chat. Previous sessions have attracted up to twenty prospective students at a time, including some from as far away as India. Admission counselor Mike Brady '01 says it's been a great way to spread the word about Davidson. "Especially for students who can't visit campus, it's a great way to have a personal contact with Davidson," he explained.

Henry Boardman, the admission and financial aid office information technology coordinator who has set up Cat Chat, said questions prospectives ask range from details about the summer Odyssey Program to the inside scoop on campus housing. He added, "By in large, participants are all really excited about Davidson already, and that makes it a fun event for everyone involved."

All prospectives received word about the Cat Chat in a broadcast e-mail, and counselors are individually contacting others they think may be interested. The two sessions are scheduled in anticipation of upcoming admission deadlines. The first early decision deadline for the Class of 2006 is November 20, and the second early decision deadline is January 2.

In addition to the Cat Chat, the admission office is staging a student phonathon on November 27 to reach prospective students.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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