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Students get glimpse of college life

By Kim Hall

High school students can visit Web pages, make phone calls and talk to friends to find a college that suits their needs, but how can they truly learn about a university and what it has to offer?

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Photo by Kim Hall

>Mary Welch, from the Office of Academic Programs at Purdue University, talks about Purdue's GOinAG websitein Stewart Center during Fall Preview Days on Oct. 21.

Purdue University offers Fall Preview Days as an opportunity for potential students to visit the campus and learn about the university. "This program is an instrumental part of recruiting students to the College of Agriculture. It allows them to see the campus, meet the faculty and interact with current students," said Mary Welch assistant director for recruitment and retention in the Office of Academic Programs.

Visiting the campus and touring with current students are just a few of the ways potential students can begin to get the feel of campus, learn their way around and interact with current students. Meeting faculty and staff often appeals to parents who visit, as well as to students who are undecided about possible majors, Welch said.

Fall Preview Days are held on various Fridays in the fall and are open to high school seniors interested in Purdue who have already registered in the Purdue contact system.

Top five reasons to attend Fall Preview Days
By Kim Hall

Looking for a reason to attend Fall Preview Days? Here are five. You can:

  1. Skip a day of high school to come to Purdue.
  2. Meet with faculty and staff in your areas of interest.
  3. Learn about what it is like to live on campus and be a college student.
  4. Meet with current students and tour the university.
  5. View first hand Purdue University and all that the Purdue College of Agriculture has to offer.

"I attended a Fall Preview Day so that I could get a better look at the campus," said Kelli Jo Hoffman, a freshman agricultural education major from Columbia City, Ind. Hoffman credits Fall Preview Days with helping her determine what classes to take and what to major in. "I got to speak with some of the faculty about my major and about classes I would need to take," Hoffman said.

Doing this helped her realize what kinds of courses she would be studying, as well as what would be required for graduation. Hoffman also enjoyed the opportunity to simply meet those who would be advising her and guiding her through her college career.

Students get a behind-the-scenes look at Purdue's campus, while interacting with current students, faculty and staff. Ann O'Brien of Noblesville, Ind., attended Fall Preview Days in 2004 and was pleased by all she gained. "Fall Preview Days were very informative; it's been fun and interesting," said O'Brien.