March 10, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- An open house where high school and community college students can do everything from attending a presentation about their intended major to visiting a residence hall is scheduled for Saturday, March 18, and Saturday, March 25.
"WMU Preview," Western Michigan University's largest on-campus recruitment event, is expected to draw about 1,000 students and their parents over the two days.
High school juniors and seniors and community college transfer students admitted to WMU have been invited. WMU is focusing in particular on high school juniors, since many are already in the process of making the decision about where to attend college.
"High school students now think seriously about college when they're juniors," says Alicia Johnson, assistant director of admissions and coordinator of the event. "They may not have decided exactly where they're going by the end of their junior year, but research indicates they have decided where they'll be applying."
The seniors and transfer students have been invited so they can finalize their college choice and become more familiar with campus before summer orientation.
In order to provide the best program for the most people, the two WMU Preview Saturdays have been divided according to academic colleges. March 18 will be for students interested in the College of Aviation, Haworth College of Business, and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. March 25 will showcase the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health and Human Services. Prospective WMU students inquiring about the College of Fine Arts or University Curriculum may attend on either Saturday.
In addition to meeting with academic college representatives, WMU Preview will offer a chance for prospective students to meet with staff members from the following offices: Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Residence Life, Dining Services, Admissions and Orientation, Student Affairs, ROTC, Study Abroad and Academic Support Programs. Tours of campus, residence halls and the Student Recreation Center also will be available.
Registration for the event will start at 8:30 a.m. Beginning at 9 a.m., participants will attend a brief orientation on the day's events, then begin attending 45-minute informational sessions. The day will wrap up by 3 p.m.
"The format is designed to give students and their parents a feel for what Western Michigan University has to offer by actually going to the facilities that house the programs they're interested in and talking with current students and faculty members," Johnson says. "All the students need to do is plan out their day to experience as much as they want."
Besides participating in "WMU Preview," prospective students may tour the WMU campus Mondays through Saturdays. They also may attend a fall on-site admissions program, which allows those bringing their transcripts and completed applications to find out the same day whether they have been admitted.
For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Orientation at (616) 387-2000.
Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org
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