Open House & Application Workshop Schedule


Friday, August 13 

9:00 a.m. | Welcome 

Today is all about discovering how Whittier College can fit into your college search and meet all your needs inside and outside of the classroom. Our admission team is excited to help guide you through the application process to help prepare you for not only applying to Whittier College, but the other schools on your list as well. 

During the Welcome, you will hear from the Director of Admission, Erasmo Fuentes, and a current Whittier College student. 

9:25 a.m. | Session One: The Common Application and How Whittier will Review Your Application

An Admission Counselor will guide you through the ins and outs of the Common Application. The CommonApp is partnered with over 900 colleges. Get tips and best practices on how to make your application stand out not only for Whittier College but for other Common Application schools. 

10:10 a.m. | Session Two: College Admission Essay Workshop

The College Admission Essay is such an important part of your application. Your essay provides the reader insight into who you are. Learn about the dos and don’ts to creating a well written essay that showcases who you are in your own words. 

10:50 a.m. | Break 

You have already learned so much about Whittier College and the application process. Take this time for a quick break to recharge. There is still much more valuable information to come. 

11:00 a.m. | Session Three: Funding your College Experience

Financing your college education is an important part of your decision. During this session, we'll provide you with an overview of federal and state aid, as well as outside scholarship and institutional aid that is available to you.

11:45 a.m. | Closing 

Now that you have learned about all things Whittier and the application process, you are ready to apply to college. Our team would like to say a few words before you leave us for the day. 

12:00 p.m. | Virtual Campus Tour (Optional)

Join current student ambassadors on a virtual tour of campus. See all the major buildings and spaces that students use. This is also the time to ask all your questions and have them answered from a student’s perspective. 

Meet Your Admission Counselor 

Falone Serna, Vice President of Enrollment 

Erasmo Fuentes, Director of Admission 

Megan Poston, Associate Director of Admission 

Eunice Gonzalez, Associate Director of Admission 

Shim Shimaz, Associate Director of International Admission

Charlie Newman, Admission Counselor 

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