For most colleges and universities today, maintaining and growing enrollment has become a thing of the past. Each year, admissions offices around the country are beginning their new academic years having under-delivered and missing their recruitment targets by a long shot. At Christendom College, though, since the fall of 2013, the admissions office has been meeting and exceeding its targets, year after year, thanks to having a unique educational experience to offer, and the hard work of its admissions staff.
Led by director of admissions Sam Phillips, the admissions team has been very effective over the years, helping Christendom’s overall enrollment grow by over 25% since 2013. This fall, the college expects to once again increase its enrollment and bring in a highly selective group of students who are dedicated to studying the timeless liberal arts education offered, and ambitious about wanting to thrive in college – not simply survive. Phillips and his dedicated team of admissions counselors and student workers are known for their personal approach to working with families, their dedication to always telling the truth about life at the college, and their overt love for the mission of the college. Over the summer, two long-time members of the admissions staff retired, while three new people have joined the team.
Michael Mazzara ’18 is replacing Catherine Schneider ’16 as associate director of admissions. Schneider, who served in this role for the past two years, is enrolling in an accelerated nursing program in her home state of Louisiana. In his role, Mazzara will be responsible for attending conferences, visiting schools and homeschool groups, and arranging “Christendom 101” events around the country. He served Christendom in a number of leadership roles as a student, including as chairman of the Chester-Belloc Debate Society and also as founder and former coach of the college’s boxing club.
Clare McDermott ‘18, who was previously a resident assistant and a member of the Student Activities Council while a student at Christendom, will take over the role of visit coordinator and admissions counselor from Klarissa Blank ’15 who served the college faithfully in this role for 4 years. In her role, McDermott will organize the Experience Christendom Summer Program, plan open house events, schedule visits, and answer questions from prospective students and their families. As a student, McDermott also worked in the Registrar’s Office and played on the varsity soccer team. Blank will be taking on a supervisory role working with a religious education program at St. Rita’s parish in Alexandria, Virginia.
Sydney Dominguez ’18 is taking on a new role as the second admissions counselor. In it, she will be the first-responder for prospective students and their families, ensuring everyone receives personalized attention. Dominguez is a natural for the job, after serving as an officer in Christendom’s Political Action League and as editor-in-chief for the student magazine, the Rambler.
Phillips and his new team members join vice president for enrollment Tom McFadden, who oversees all aspects of recruitment and enrollment, as they work to help prospective students understand the distinct mission of Christendom College and to discern whether this education is for them.