The University’s March 5 open house attracted 800 more visitors than last year’s, reports the student recruitment office.
“It was a huge success,” says organizer Zora Savic. “We had a total of 2,429 people register by Saturday, compared to 1,631 in 2015.”
She attributed the increase to several new features, including free bus shuttles from the Toronto area, the move to a Saturday and a draw for a semester’s tution.
“The support we got, from faculty members conducting program presentations to the provost’s idea of buses coming from Toronto, from student ambassadors leading tours to the president greeting prospective students and their families at lunch—it takes teamwork to build a successful event,” Savic says.
She estimates the contributions from every area of the campus at about 300 volunteers.
It was a great turnout, agrees president Alan Wildeman.
“There seemed to be an army of faculty and staff and students out to make the day special for our visitors,” he says. “I sincerely thank everyone who helped out.”
The next major events in student recruitment are applicant receptions: in Chatham on April 27, Scarborough on May 3, Mississauga on May 4 and London on May 5.