Cat McManus

Former Assistant Dean of Admissions, Princeton & UPenn
Former Senior Interviewer, Dartmouth College
EdD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Dartmouth College

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I am a former admissions officer and Assistant Dean at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania, but I got my start as a senior interviewer at my undergraduate institution, Dartmouth College, where I spent a year interviewing potential candidates. It was pretty much love at first sight with the job, so I went straight from graduation into a job at Princeton Admissions. I left Admissions in order to pursue a doctorate, full-time, in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. The focus of my dissertation is admissions-related, however: It will be a study of the interactions of college access nonprofit organizations with higher education institutions. While I was at Dartmouth I ran the College’s Writing Center, where I taught the art and science of writing to students from the US and around the world. In particular, I liked helping students come to a better understanding of their own ideas through conversation, and by getting to know each of my students. I was also involved in residential life and lived in a dorm with first-year students, providing fun, get-to-know you events and programming (and some educational programming too!). In my spare time I played on the women’s rugby team and did a lot of hiking, rock-climbing, and canoeing. In my scant free time I love spending time with my husband and my toddler, going for a run, and reading endlessly (for school and for pleasure).