Potential students visit for Admitted Student Day

Katie Smith, Editor-in-Chief

Eastern’s admissions office has received more freshmen enrollment deposits so far compared to previous year’s numbers, according to a university press release.

The $150 deposit is paid by first-time freshmen, and although the deadline for its payment is not until May 1, cashiers will be available throughout the day Monday in accordance with the university’s Admitted Student Day.

Potential Eastern students will have their first glimpse at life as a Panther as the university introduces them to the campus through a series of tours and meetings with student and administrative representatives.

Chris Dearth, the director of the Office of Admissions, said in the press release that the increased numbers allude to promising upcoming enrollment.

“An increase in freshmen deposits increases the likelihood of students attending the university,” Dearth said. “It’s a much better indicator than student applications alone.”

The admissions office has been working to plan a schedule that will show students what sets Eastern apart from other universities, and where each potential student fits within that community.

“The days are a celebration of students’ accomplishments and what lies ahead of them,” said Dearth said.  “The students have already been admitted to a selective academic university. Now, it’s their decision to see if EIU is the right fit.”

Students from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin are expected to participate in the day’s events, which include informational sessions from Housing and Dining, financial aid, academic success, the Honors College, student panels and more.

Throughout the day potential students will be eligible to win tickets for upcoming football games and the Family Weekend concert, as well as Eastern-branded clothing and accessories from the university bookstore.

Dearth said the day has been purposefully scheduled to coincide with Presidents Day, to guarantee potential students a free day to visit campus.

“Our #FuturePanther Admitted Student Days are for our admitted students to take another look at campus with their families,” he said.

Eastern observed the holiday Friday so visiting students could see campus on a typical scheduled day.

The next Admitted Student Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 7.

Katie Smith can be reached at [email protected] or 581-2812.