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Nov. 19, 2003


    OSWEGO -- If the two main fall admissions open houses are any indication, prospective students' interest in SUNY Oswego is rising, college officials said.

    Despite overcast and rainy skies, the Veterans' Day open house came shining through with a record turnout, said Katie Maxwell, a SUNY Oswego admissions counselor who coordinates the open houses. About 340 families showed up, meaning that prospective students, parents and siblings pushed the attendance at the Veterans' Day session over 1,000, she said.

    That followed one of the larger turnouts for the annual Columbus Day open house, when around 300 families attended. "We were so excited about Columbus Day, thinking that was huge, and this turnout blew it away," Maxwell said.

    "It seems like interest in Oswego is definitely on the rise," she said. "The feedback we've received from both open houses has been positive."

    Maxwell thanked all the people who put in extra work to make open house visitors feel welcome. The ultimate test of the success of these events, and the spring open house on April 5, will become clear at the end of the admissions cycle, she noted.

    "I just hope we can convert these numbers into more applications and commitments," Maxwell said. "The main question is how this impacts the quality and quantity of students who ultimately come to Oswego."

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