CAROLYN STRANSKY, Staff Writer
With the competition between colleges continually increasing, the Beloit College Office of Admissions has been working hard to attract prospective students.
In order to persuade high school students to “become a Beloiter,” Admissions now hosts four major events: three Admitted Student Open Houses and one Junior Visit Day.
In place of what current Beloiters knew as Presidential Scholars weekend, Admissions instead hosts three Admitted Student Open Houses on Sunday nights during February, March and April.
“Ultimately, anyone that we admit is someone we hope to see on campus the following year. These open houses are to help the prospective students see themselves at Beloit,” said Kate Virgo, assistant director of Admissions.
The primary difference between these open houses and the old Presidential Scholar weekends is that any admitted student is welcome. “We want all admitted students to visit campus and decide to enroll at Beloit, not just the students who have earned scholarships,” said Virgo. “We’ve been able to offer some more programming to attract a more diverse slate of attendees than the Presidential Scholarship Programs.”
The most recent open house took place on Sunday, March 25 where they hosted 118 students from 28 states, with only 41 percent being from Wisconsin and Illinois.
The next open house is set to take place on Sunday, April 22. “We hope this next one will be our largest,” said Virgo.
Along with admitted student open houses, the Admissions office recently hosted a Junior Visit Day on March 31. Approximately 92 high school juniors and their families visited campus to take tours, eat lunch and explore life at Beloit.
“The goal is to give a brief overview of what Beloit offers to students,” said Staci Ambrose, admissions counselor and coordinator of international admissions. “The hope is that they are intrigued enough to apply [and] then visit again their senior year for a more in-depth visit.”
The 2012 Junior Visit Day attracted students from 10 different states. “Most of them were closer and driving in for the day, but we had a couple students from California, New York and Singapore,” said Ambrose.
Both Virgo and Ambrose stressed how important participation by current students is in this process. “We know that it’s hectic for current students at this time in the semester, but May 1 is when the high school students have to decide and that’s why there are so many at this time,” said Ambrose.
Virgo added: “We need current students to help with hosting perspective students, and also with running the club and activities fair that takes place that afternoon.”
If you are able and would like to help out with the next Admitted Student Open House on Sunday April 22, email the Gold Key office, firstname.lastname@example.org.