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Open house to introduce prospective students to university life November 5

Prospective students and their families will be able to tour the campus, learn more about each academic program, and participate in academic and student service sessions at the University of Windsor’s Fall Open House on Saturday, November 5.

This year’s event aims at offering students a glimpse of what university life is all about, and the tools available to make a smooth transition.

“You should always visit the campus of the universities you are interested in before making a choice,” says Lionel Walsh, assistant vice-president for North American recruitment. “This is where you’re going to spend four years, and maybe the most exciting four years of your life so far, so it should be a place that makes you feel like ‘yes, I fit in here’.”

The University of Windsor offers 200 academic majors, ranging from aeronautics to women's and gender studies. With such a wide selection, it is natural to be unsure which path to take. For this reason, Co-op, Career and Employment Services will offer participants evaluations of their personal aptitudes. Students will also be able to choose from 67 different sessions where each program is presented in depth.

At an information fair in the CAW Student Centre’s Ambassador Auditorium, prospective students will be able to meet faculty, staff and current students from each academic program and get their questions answered.

“Students sometimes find programs they didn’t know existed, and that’s exciting,” says Walsh.

Dean of Science Chris Houser will host a presentation tackling complex environmental problems, as well as challenges in energy and health. Students with an interest in undergraduate research opportunities will learn more about the topic in the Discovery Hub, led by Professor Simon Du Toit. New this year is a tour of the EPICentre, whose incubator programs provide students with workspaces to develop their business ideas.

Walsh says that what makes UWindsor so special is the relationship with its students.

“It’s a smaller university, so our class sizes are smaller,” he says. “Getting to know your professor outside of class and getting help with career advice makes a really big difference.”

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register at www.uwindsor.ca/openhouse.

—Loren Mastracci