Reason 1 – Learn More About Academic Programs
If you’re unsure of what program you’re going to pursue, or if you need more information on programs, an open house is a great place to start. Speaking with professors or students from various programs will give you an idea of what you are interested in. They may even help you decide on a program and/or major that’s right for you.
Have a look online at the university’s programs before you visit the open house. This way you’ll have an idea of which programs you want to explore and questions you may want to ask.
Reason 2 – Explore the Facilities & Experience the Atmosphere
What better way to get a feel for campus than to experience it yourself? You may spend a few years at this university, so make sure the overall environment is one that you’ll feel comfortable in. Take some time to check out the cafeteria and library and maybe even search for a cozy study area (as a student, you’ll likely spend a lot of time in such spaces). Make sure the university feels like a comfortable and safe place where you you can picture yourself thriving as a student.
Don’t forget to ask about how you can get involved on campus. Maybe you can join a society to meet like-minded friends, or add to your resume by volunteering for events. After all, your post-secondary experience isn’t just created within the classroom.
Reason 3 – Meet Current Students, Faculty and Alumni
Attending a university’s open house provides you with an opportunity to meet and learn from current students and alumni. You’ll be able to ask questions about their experiences, which will give you an idea of the opportunities and experiences that are available on campus.
Along with chatting to students and alumni, you’ll also have a chance to speak with faculty. This is the perfect moment to ask professors about specific courses, potential career paths, or more general questions such as what to expect from a university-level course.
Reason 4 – Find Out About Financial Aid and Student Services
University can be challenging at times, so it’s important to find out about the resources available to you. Whether you’re finding it difficult to create good study habits, or you’re experiencing financial difficulty, universities have resources in place to get you through tough times. Find out more about financial aid or scholarship applications by visiting some of the information booths at the open house.
Reason 5 – Have the Chance to Win Great Prizes
Who doesn’t want free stuff? Most university open houses will have prize giveaways and draws throughout the day. For example, at CBU, we offer a prize just for pre-registering (!) as well as free on-site applications and the chance to win one of two tuition waivers!
So there you have it. Open houses provide future university students with opportunities to explore campus and programs while socializing with current students, alumni and faculty. Along with prize giveaways, free admissions and course advice, open houses are one of THE best ways to decide whether or not a university is right for you.