Putting Our Best Foot Forward

Each semester, Clarkson College offers prospective students the opportunity to explore campus, meet with various College department members, and tour classroom and lab facilities. The organized visit days highlight the culture and educational experience offered at Clarkson College. The Admissions team recently improved this process by introducing a new kind of campus visit: the Clarkson College Experience. The first Clarkson College Experience was held Jan. 26.

While many original elements are still part of the Clarkson College Experience, organizers sought to incorporate more ways to involve College community members. "The event's goal is to showcase what we do best here at the College," said Admissions Counselor Becca Gordon. "Some of our greatest assets are our faculty members and students, and the new setup demonstrates this."

The team moved the event from Saturday to Friday morning to integrate more involvement and hands-on experiences for prospective students and their families. The new schedule gives visitors a more accurate understanding of daily student life at Clarkson College.

"We decided to move the event to a Friday because the College is much livelier during the week," said Gordon. "Visitors were able to meet faculty and current students and experience everything that happens here daily."

Past visit days focused on information and presentations from various College departments, and the new event format incorporates more interactive components throughout the day. Attendees listened to a short presentation from the Admissions team and participated in a multi- community panel discussion  led by current students, alumni, employers and parents. The panel gave visitors a first-hand opportunity to hear about how a Clarkson College education impacts its students and their families.

“The multi-community panel was definitely a highlight of the event,” said Gordon. “Attendees were able to hear what it is like to be an applicant, student and working professional. They also heard the long-term benefits our programs have to offer.”

Students and their families toured campus with Student Ambassadors following the panel discussion. Groups visited the Residence Hall and Student Center before participating in hands-on demonstrations with faculty and students from their program of interest. The event concluded with an information fair that allowed attendees to interact with various on-campus departments and groups. Organizations such as Academic Travel Abroad, Student Government Association, Residence Life and Financial Aid answered attendees’ questions and provided additional resources.

The Admissions team will continue to host the Clarkson College Experience every semester. The team will build upon the event’s success by updating and improving the revised structure to reshape how the College community connects with potential students.