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Marauders to War Eagles

Maclay Upperclassman Attend the Auburn Interest Meeting

Photo by Brooke Nohle/Maclay Andalusian

On Monday, Aug. 21, an Auburn admissions adviser came to Maclay to talk to juniors and seniors about the college. During the visit, many students came to the library for a 30-minute interest meeting to talk about the campus, community and the college expectation. Many students, including senior Will O’conner, were interested in the program and expressed heavy interest in going to Auburn. 

 “[I’ve always wanted to go to Auburn] since I was about six years old,” O’conner said. “I went to my first Auburn football game with my stepdad who went there.”

The Auburn visit that Maclay offers to juniors and seniors is very helpful and educational to people who have that college as a top pick. As well as talking to the students about their visit Haylee Dorrill, the admission adviser, also talked about her personal love for the school and why students from Maclay thrive there. 

Maclay prepares their students to excel in the classroom, ensuring that the students’ performance creates opportunities for them in college and prioritizing the well-being of students and their academic achievements. In the first few minutes of the interview, Mrs. Dorrill talked about the application and the average score for the SAT and ACT to get into Auburn. The middle point is roughly around 27-31 for the ACT and 1240-1370 for the ACT. Due to Auburn being a test-optional school, the college requires students to have a minimum of a 3.6 weighted GPA to apply for the test-optional route. This showed students that getting into Auburn has become more and more challenging over the past few years.  

“[The college visit influenced my decision and made] me realize that I need to work hard in order to get into it,” junior Pearce Witters said.

Although Maclay has many other college meetings, in the Auburn visit specifically, Dorrill focused on similarities between Maclay and Auburn. Since Auburn is a small town and the college has about thirty students each class, the school environment adds a sense of community, just like Maclay which upholds the reputation of making campus feel like a community. Moreover, Dorrill's good friend who graduated from Maclay and went to Auburn showed how successful the transition from Maclay to Auburn can be. 

“[I have] a very dear friend who actually did come straight from Maclay to Auburn and really thrived [at Auburn],” Dorrill said.

Maclay holds multiple college meetings to talk to students about the school and requirements, giving the student a sense of what the college will be like. With these resources, students get a better chance of finding a college where they will excel in.


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