Fall open houses play a pivotal role in showcasing University of the Sciences to prospective students. A trip to USciences for any of the visits scheduled during the 2012 Fall Open House Series left nothing to be desired, allowing high schoolers and their families to learn what to expect and look forward if accepted (and then hopefully enrolled) at USciences.
Some 180 high school students set foot on campus on Dec. 2 for one such visit. The visitors explored academic programs of interest, met with faculty, toured campus, and interacted with current USciences students.
Introduced for the first time this year, open house attendees were invited to participate in a special USciences panel consisting of current students and parents, and alumni. The panel provided a relaxed setting for potential students and their parents to ask questions about campus life, academics, post-college life, and safety.
The high school students who visited campus that day account for only a part of the 437 total high school students who participated in the Fall Open House Series, 330 of whom were eligible to apply for admission this year.
The efficacy of the series is made obvious by the 215 (out of the eligible 330) students who decided to apply. The number of applications will only increase during the next few months as application deadlines approach.
Beyond these encouraging statistics, a striking majority of the evaluations received by the admission office report that the student responding was “very likely” to apply. From responses like “I would love to attend USciences,” to “pharmaceutical sciences was wonderful; it helped me decide on what major I want,” the far reaching impact is both exciting and rewarding for the many individuals within the USciences community who made the series possible.
Now that open houses are over, the admission office is turning to Accepted Student Days to convert accepted students to enrolled students for fall 2013. Look for the first accepted student event in February.