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Welcome from the Deans

Welcome from the Deans

Congratulations on your acceptance!

We hope the following information will help you explore the rich opportunities awaiting you at Agnes Scott.

James Diedrick Suzanne M. Onorato
Kerry Pannell
Associate Dean of the College
Suzanne R. Onorato
Associate Dean of Students

Q & A with the Deans

How can I prepare for my transition to Agnes Scott?

KP: One window on the richness of campus life is our events calendar. I encourage you to browse through the breadth of events in the calendar. 

One of our great spring traditions--which you can look forward to as an enrolled student--is the Writers' Festival. The 2014 festival, the 43rd annual, was held on campus March 27-29, and featured Nick Flynn, Terrance Hayes and Louisa Hill '09. Attending the readings and Q&A sessions is a great way to see how the creative arts flourish here.

SO:  Whether you will arrive as a first year student, transfer or Woodruff Scholar, the transition to college, or a new college, will take some time.  With some intentionality on your part and the support of both academic and student life resources, you will learn the ropes and become a flourishing member of our family! Pay close attention to the materials provided by mail, email, and posts on this website. You will find housing and roommate information, health and insurance forms, and many other required data requests.  Also, develop and use your support network. You are becoming more independent, but no one expects you to do all this on your own. College is complicated, and you've never had so much flexibility and so many decisions to make in such a short time. Ask for help and advice from your family, advisors, professors, staff and peers; they can process with you your strengths and interests, your goals for your college education, and the requirements you will need to fulfill in college. They can also help you decipher the college materials you have received before you get to campus.

What do you hope every new student will do on campus?

KP: Make the effort to get to know at least one of your professors during your first semester—visit her or his office, share something about your academic interests, comment on some aspect of one of the books you are reading for the class. Your professor will appreciate your initiative, and you will discover a supportive and encouraging mentor. Oh, and spend time reading in the main hall of the McCain Library—one of the greatest spaces for contemplation on campus!

SO: Utilize your time at Agnes Scott College to develop strong friendships, your leadership skills and your social and professional networks. Explore your personal and professional interests via the Office of Career Planning and by participating in the research, internship and study abroad opportunities offered through Agnes Advantage. Develop your leadership skills by joining student organizations that match your interests and aspirations. Leadership skills are one of the top skill sets that employers seek. Working on fun, creative and charitable causes with other students will be a fulfilling part of your life at college.

How can students make the most of their college Experience?

KP: Take advantage of the many resources here, designed to help you succeed academically:—the academic advising office, the Center for Writing & Speaking, the Resource Center for Math and Science—and of course your professors’ time, interest and expertise!

SO: Immerse yourself in the beautiful and rich culture of Agnes Scott by attending lectures and events hosted on campus for your benefit. You will find that college provides you with unique opportunities to discover and learn to appreciate who you are and who you will become.

Contact Us
If you have any questions not answered by the website or the materials sent to you in the mail, you can contact either of us by calling the Office of Academic Advising at 404.471.6284 or the Office of the Dean of Students 404.471.6391.