"From the moment a prospective student calls,
e-mails or walks into the
Enrollment Office, the staff in our office takes the time to answer all
questions and provide all options regarding graduate study
Director of Enrollment Management
The College of New Rochelle
Melanie, tell us a little
I was born and raised in Yonkers, NY. In 2002 I
graduated from Dominican College of Blauvelt in Rockland County, NY
with a BA in English and NY State Certification as a TVI, Teacher for
the Blind and Visually Impaired. I graduated from The College of New
Rochelle Graduate School with an MS in School Psychology in 2007. I
worked in the Dean’s Office as a Graduate Assistant during my second
year of graduate studies at CNR. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience
here as a student and was happy to accept a position in the Graduate
School as an employee.
What is your position here
at The College of New Rochelle?
How long have you been at CNR?
I started as the Acting
Manager of Graduate Enrollment in July 2007. I took on the role of
Director of Enrollment Management in October 2007.
What are your
as the Director of Enrollment Management?
My most important role is to
assist prospective students with the application and enrollment process
through meetings, phone calls and e-mails. The application packets with
all necessary materials for admission to the Graduate School are sent
from the Enrollment office. I attend recruitment events to promote
enrollment and arrange the CNR Graduate School Open House events on
campus. I conduct tours of the campus. I work with College Relations
and our advertising agency to arrange advertisements for the Graduate
School in newspapers and other publications. In addition, the
Enrollment Office continually communicates with prospective and current
students through mailings of flyers and postcards, as well as e-mails
regarding events and registration for classes.
What are some of the
special (or unusual) courses of study
that are offered by the Graduate School?
Many of the Master’s degree
programs that we offer allow a student to take one or more electives.
These courses give students an opportunity to gain knowledge in a
related area of the field she/he has chosen to pursue. Some programs,
such as the Master of Science degree in Communication Studies, offer
“special topic” courses. The topics for these courses are decided upon
based on current developments in a particular field.
What are some of the
advantages for students
to come to CNR for graduate school?
The Graduate School offers
flexible evening, weekend and summer course scheduling for graduate
students with daytime obligations, such as a full- or part-time
job. We are located just 16 miles from mid-town Manhattan, which
is convenient for student commuters from the city, and for our students
living on-campus who enjoy traveling to the city for entertainment and
dining. We have relatively small class sizes, in comparison to other
larger institutions. At CNR, students are known to the faculty by name.
Upon acceptance, each student is assigned a faculty advisor from the
appropriate division who meets with her/him on an individual basis each
semester to assist with registration of classes.
What are the some of the
important questions that students
have about the Graduate School when they come to apply to CNR?
Prospective students often
ask how they can obtain an application and information on the intended
program. The application and immunization form, as well as the course
catalog, can be downloaded from www.cnr.edu/gs which is the Graduate
School website. The same material can be mailed upon request by
contacting the Enrollment Office at (914) 654-5334. The other
necessary materials for the application packet include two sealed
letters of recommendation, official transcripts for all institutions
attended, and a $35.00 application fee. For the many students
that ask about financial assistance, I refer them to our Scholarship
Information Sheet which includes information about our various
scholarship opportunities, including graduate assistantships, program
scholarships, merit scholarships, research assistantships and community
service grants. This information is also available at www.cnr.edu/gs.
In what ways do you—and
the Graduate School Administration
-- help students adjust to graduate school and the College?
From the moment a prospective
students calls, e-mails or walks into the Enrollment Office, the staff
in our office takes the time to answer all questions and provide all
options regarding graduate study at CNR. As I mentioned earlier, upon
acceptance each graduate student is assigned an advisor who meets with
students before each semester on an individual basis to assist them
with choosing the necessary classes in the appropriate order for
registration. The Enrollment, Division and Faculty offices are open
Monday-Friday during designated hours to accommodate students’ needs.
Do any graduate students
live on campus?
Yes, there are some graduate
students living on campus. There is limited on-campus housing available
for graduate students. Meghan Toomey in Student Development at (914)
654-5488 is the contact person for housing. Student Development can
also provide information on local, off-campus housing.
What is the best way for
students to find out
what courses are offered in the Graduate School?
The Graduate School catalog
contains a description of all courses that are currently being offered
and is available at www.cnr.edu/gs.
What do you like best
about your job?
I really enjoy interacting
with prospective and current students. It’s very rewarding when we
receive positive feedback from applicants regarding the time and
attention they receive from staff and faculty of the Graduate School.
We take a personal approach here and people appreciate that!