Press Release from Colton Campbell of UWG
The University of West Georgia hosted nearly 450 prospective students last Sunday at its winter Preview Day, which serves as an open house to show interested parties the unique opportunities offered at the university.
Preview Day events are held three times each year at UWG, in the winter, spring and fall. The next university-wide Preview Day will be held Sunday, April 22, but college-specific Preview Days will be held over the next three months.
Evan Jaynes, associate director of admissions for campus visits and communications, said Preview Days are “much more than an open house.”
“We are truly sharing our story to the prospective students and their guests they bring to our campus for one day,” Jaynes said. “Our hope is that students came to our Preview Day last weekend with a good idea of the story they’ll write while they’re studying here. We’re all about the opportunities and getting students involved in all levels of campus life, from the lecture hall to the dining hall.”
Attendees during last weekend’s Preview Day got the chance to see the UWG campus “on their own terms,” Jaynes said, meeting professors and seeing residence halls on student-led tours.
After a morning assembly in which UWG President Dr. Kyle Marrero highlighted the unique opportunities the university affords its students, the 444 prospective students and their 800 guests broke out into different Preview Day activities, from walking and bus tours to informational sessions on topics such as student life and financial aid.
“We want our Preview Day attendees to really get a chance to explore campus on their own,” Jaynes said. “We’ve also designed different ‘tracks’ for our prospective students to follow that will cater to their interests or needs. For example, we have a track designed for prospective transfer students, those who have a Hispanic background or those who have an interest in the arts.”
The event’s attendance increased by more than 30 percent over the previous winter Preview Day, held in January 2017, during which approximately 900 students and guests descended on UWG’s campus. Jaynes said he’s pleased with that increase, especially considering the rainy day Carrollton had Sunday.
“We were also excited to have several community partners have booths during our morning assembly,” Jaynes said. “That’s something new we haven’t had at Preview Day before, and we’re looking forward to maintaining those partnerships and expanding that opportunity in the events we have coming up.”
College Preview Days give prospective students a chance to learn more about what each school and college has to offer. Attendees can meet professors, get information on majors and tour campus with students in from specific schools or colleges of interest.
College Preview Day for the Tanner Health System School of Nursing, the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Education will be held Saturday, Feb. 24.
An event catered to students interested in the Richards College of Business and the College of Social Sciences will be held Saturday, March 3, with a College Preview Day for the College of Arts and Humanities to be held Saturday, April 7.
For more information about Preview Day or to register for one of the three College Preview Days, visit www.westga.edu/admissions/preview-days.php.
UWG serves more than 13,500 students from across Georgia, 37 other states and 72 countries. Perennially ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a top national university, West Georgia offers 88 fields of study, including business, nursing, education, STEM, social sciences and the arts. It generates a regional economic impact of nearly $520 million and provides a safe, quality and affordable college experience that transforms lives.