Columbus Day Open House sees increased interest

imageMore than 300 families explored SUNY Oswego during the college’s annual Columbus Day Open House—one of the best turnouts in the program’s history, organizers said.

“I would say it’s one of the bigger, if not the biggest, Columbus Day Open Houses we’ve ever had,” said Katie Maxwell, a SUNY Oswego admissions counselor who coordinates the college’s three major open-house events.

In all, 308 families registered, meaning nearly 800 people—between prospective students and family members—toured the campus, met with faculty or attended programs, Maxwell said.

All of the presentations were “extremely popular” this year, Maxwell noted. “I think we had more families staying for the whole event rather than just staying an hour or so, which was wonderful.”

Dan Griffin, associate director of admissions for Oswego, agreed that this year’s turnout was at least as good as any Columbus Day Open House in the program’s nearly 20-year history. He said the higher turnouts at Open House events the past couple of years may be partially attributable to parents preferring the diverse activities available.

“Families are looking for these programs as opposed to just one-on-one visits,” Griffin said. “Families are very busy these days, so they appreciate this kind of program where they can explore the campus, learn a lot more about us and talk to our professors.”

Maxwell said the convenience of families being able to register online for Open House activities, positive word-of-mouth from previous programs and an overall increase in interest in SUNY Oswego are among the other factors driving up numbers for these programs.

The feedback from professors, staff and families was overwhelmingly positive, she said. “A lot of the credit goes to our student workers, faculty and staff members who make the event come alive,” Maxwell said. “They all made our visitors feel very welcome.”

The next large-scale admissions program will be the annual Veterans’ Day Open House on Thursday, Nov. 11. “We’re anticipating a really good turnout,” Maxwell said. “Now we just hope that these larger numbers turn into more applications.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: Voyage of discovery—Carol Peltier and her son Kurt, a Cicero-North Syracuse High School student, listen to Professor Don Vanouse of the SUNY Oswego English department during the college’s recent Columbus Day Open House. With 308 families registered, and nearly 800 prospective students and family members touring campus, meeting faculty or attending presentations, this year’s edition was one of the most popular in the program’s history, SUNY Oswego officials said.

(Posted: Oct 13, 2004)