Editorial: Admitted Student Day helps Eastern

Staff Editorial

On Monday, Eastern held its first Admitted Student Day of the semester. The purpose of the day is for students who have already been accepted into the school to come visit and get a better feel for the campus.

The Eastern Admissions Office planned several different sessions for students and their families to attend throughout the day with events from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Students had the opportunity to tour campus, visit classes, talk with different academic departments and get financial aid and scholarship information. They also had the option to enjoy the selfie station and take tours of the residence halls and Booth Library.

In Tuesday’s edition of The Daily Eastern News, the article titled “Admitted students visit campus, classes,” Thomas Glenn, associate director of admissions, said the focus of Admitted Student Days is on the yield period—the time when students who have been accepted into multiple colleges have to choose which one they would like to attend.

Glenn said the university has Open Houses in the summer and fall, and the Admitted Students Days are in the spring.

As our enrollment continues to decline, this is a step in the right direction for the Admissions Office and Eastern. They have the right idea to bring students to campus after they have been accepted to show them what the school has to offer.

Especially right now, selling the idea of Eastern to potential students is important.

The sessions allowed students to get to know people in their intended majors, whether it was students already in the department or faculty who work there.

Talking with the department that student may spend the next 4 years in can make all the difference and influence their decision on whether or not Eastern may be the school for them.

Students and their families were also able to receive financial aid counseling, and they were even able to complete their housing application if they chose to.

The Admitted Student Day also included a Student Involvement and Resources Fair. The fair, like Pantherpalooza, featured registered student organizations and other on-campus groups and available resources.

The organizations had the opportunity to set up a table and try to gain interest from the visiting students. Having an involvement and resource fair like this will hopefully help attract more students to the school. It shows what groups are available and could spark an interest in admitted students.

Seeing some of the organizations and resources the school has to offer may also help persuade students to choose Eastern.

Showing off the best assets Eastern has can only benefit the school. The Admitted Student Day is a smart move for the school to bring in the students that have already been admitted to become familiar of what Eastern has to offer. It should influence the potential students’ decisions in a positive way, and these events could lead to an increase in student population for the school.

The next Admitted Student Day will be Saturday, March 5.

The daily editorial is the majority opinion of the editorial board of The Daily Eastern News