Record Number of Prospective Students Attend Preview SIUE
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville welcomed approximately 700 guests, including an all-time high of nearly 300 prospective students, to campus Friday, March 17 for Preview SIUE. This program, combined with the February Preview SIUE program, welcomed nearly 600 prospective students and more than 1,500 guests.
The day-long program provided opportunities for high school and transfer students to learn more about the University’s array of academic programming, student life opportunities and available support services.
“Preview SIUE is an exciting event as we welcome hundreds of guests, introducing them to all that SIUE has to offer and answering any questions they may have,” said Ryan Downey, assistant director for new student and campus visit programs in the Office of Admissions. “The program showcases our engaging campus and demonstrates why the University can be the future home for these prospective students to achieve their educational goals.”
Preview SIUE assists prospective students in making an informed decision on their pursuit of higher education, by providing opportunities to:
- Visit with faculty in the area of study they are considering pursuing
- Learn about the application and admission process
- Determine the cost of attending SIUE and learning how financial aid can assist
- Participate in a guided campus tour
“Coming to college is nerve-wracking, but this already feels like home,” said Jina Garry, a graduate of Springfield High School, as she visited with program faculty. “It’s a beautiful campus, it’s affordable and I like the small classroom environment, because I really want to know my professors. I’m just excited!”
“Everyone’s really welcoming and informative, and it feels like a comfortable environment,” added Mary Rose Henderson, a high school junior from Sherman. “There are lots of good scholarship opportunities here, and I would definitely want to live on campus.”
The day is tailored as an open house, with information catering to both prospective students and their guests.
“The number of juniors attending Preview SIUE is exciting, since it helps us plan ahead for Fall 2018,” Downey said. “This event is a good opportunity for seniors to make a final decision, and for juniors to start to determine what program they may be interested in and how they may want to get involved in campus life.”
More information on visit days is available at siue.edu/visit/.
Photo: Prospective SIUE student Jina Garry, of Springfield, visits with a faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences during Preview SIUE.