Nineteen high school seniors from ten states attended the fall 2012 Senior Days on October 4-5 at Welch College. The students hailed from Tennessee (8), North Carolina (2), Ohio (2), Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Missouri (1), South Carolina (1), and Virginia (1).
The seniors participated in a number of activities representing different aspects of campus life—they attended classes, experienced dorm life, and worshipped with Welch College students in chapel. Their two-day schedule included a campus tour and “Glow-in-the-Dark Soccer” Thursday evening.
Friday morning, the visiting seniors had breakfast with President Matt Pinson and later heard about college life from Welch College students during a Q&A-style panel discussion. During the concluding Faculty Reception, seniors met with professors from their particular fields of interest.
Debbie Mouser, director of enrollment services, said, “This event gave our prospective students the opportunity to be a college student for a day. They met with an advisor, stayed with a personal host, attended classes, and learned how the enrollment process works at Welch College. Our goal is to help students to know if Welch College is a good fit for them.”
The seniors were asked to complete a survey rating their Senior Days experience. They gave high marks to faculty, staff, and students for their knowledge and helpfulness. On a scale of one to five (1 = poor; 5 = excellent), the visitors rated student and faculty hospitality 4.79 and 4.89 respectively. Regarding academics, the seniors gave a 4.68 satisfaction rating to the classes they attended. All 19 students agreed that their visit increased their interest in attending Welch College.
One student said, “Senior Days helped a lot with my decision-making. I felt like I was Welch College student while I was there and loved it.”
The Next Senior days is set for January 31- February 1, 2013. For more information, contact the Enrollment Management Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.