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Admitted students sample life on campus

The University has seen a record number of applicants for positions this fall, and Undergraduate Admissions has offered a series of special events in the past six weeks as admitted students make decisions about where to enroll.

Those events included two Welcome Days for admitted students, six off-campus receptions and special programs for Educational Opportunity Program and local students.

“Every event this spring was about creating one great outcome — enrollment of top students,” said Sandra Starke, vice provost of enrollment management. “After reviewing more than 26,000 applications for 2,150 spots this fall at Binghamton, we focused on offering accepted students and their families an experience providing the essential information to make the right college choice.”

Freshman applications were up 4 percent from last year to a total of 26,400.
Cheryl Brown, director of admissions, noted it takes a team to coordinate these events. “The dedicated efforts of many staff, faculty and current students, including tour guides, student ambassadors and student groups, clubs and organizations, created campus-wide experiences for visitors — accepted undergraduate students and their families,” she said.

More than 1,000 accepted students and their families attended the April 6 campus event; another 1,000 people attended the one on April 12.

During both Welcome Days, the Harpur Jazz Ensemble performed as participants registered and the Anderson Center’s ushers guided visitors to seats. The general 30-minute welcome session showcased the University’s national rankings and ended with a video clip from actor and alumnus Paul Reiser. Faculty members Al Vos and Wayne Jones and current students were also featured speakers. Baxter the Bearcat rewarded cheering audiences by tossing Binghamton T-shirts from center stage.

Faculty, staff and academic advisers were on hand to answer questions. There were also sessions for transfer students as well as student-led tours of the residential halls and labs. In addition, students could stop by Financial Aid Services or Admissions.

Student organizations staffed tables outdoors, filled with brochures and pamphlets about the opportunities that await students. Several groups, such as the Fencing Club, the Ballroom Dance Club and the Treblemakers, held mini-performances and demonstrations.

About 1,000 students heard about the highlights of Binghamton at locations close to home. Undergraduate admissions counselors and alumni offered six off-campus receptions in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

About 100 students attended Binghamton Multicultural Day on April 12. The students and their guests were treated to a luncheon that featured speakers from Student Support Services, student-of-color alumni and senior Wales Cruz.

On March 1, EOP students had lunch with faculty, staff and current students where they learned about Binghamton’s Educational Opportunity Program.

Local students are invited to a lunch April 23. About 100 admitted students are expected to attend.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08