Friday, January 31, 2013

Prospective Students Arrive Next Week for Explore UNO

High school juniors and seniors, as well as prospective college transfer students to the University of New Orleans, have a special opportunity next week to explore academics and life on the Lakefront campus. For the second year in a row, the University's Office of Enrollment Services is inviting prospective students to Explore UNO.

Explore UNO

Admitted students and prospective students are invited to Explore UNO from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday,
Feb. 5.

Register here

"This program is both a prospective student program – a recruitment program – but it's also a yield-driven program," said admissions counselor Brett Hornsby. "What we want to do is really provide prospective and admitted students every opportunity to meet with current students, alumni, faculty and staff before really starting here as a full-time freshman or transfer. We want them to really feel welcome before they sit down in their first class as UNO student."

The event runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the University Center ballroom. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. The event will include a welcome, a college browse and breakout sessions wherein students work closely with students, alumni, faculty and staff to learn more about the University and get critical questions answered.

The open house is targeted to high school juniors and seniors, as well as transfer students, who have been admitted or who have not yet applied for admission but would potentially like to attend the University.

"It's a great way for admitted students to come find out what is coming up next in their UNO journey," said Associate Director for Orientation and First Year Experience Christy Heaton. "It's also great for prospective students who want to get more information about UNO."

Visitors will be introduced to University resources, including: the new First Year Advisers, First Year Experience and the Privateer Plunge, a six-week welcome programming session designed to introduce first-year students to all things UNO, said Hornsby. Breakout sessions will be specifically geared toward informing students about the University's state-of-the-art orientation and enrollment processes.

Visitors will be introduced to the University's new Privateer Enrollment Center, a benchmark enrollment management center designed to shepherd first-year students from the application and admissions processes through the end of their first year – and help them to ensure academic, financial and social success.

"We want students, parents, friends and guests to really understand what financial aid entails - how to make sure you're prepared both financially and from a standpoint of student services," Hornsby said. "We want each first year student to know: You have an Alpha team there to assist you the whole way..."

From the moment a student meets with a UNO representative, he or she is assigned a UNO admissions counselor, a financial aid counselor, a FYE counselor and a first year adviser, said Hornsby. This dedicated Alpha Team will work with the first-year student throughout his or her academic career.

Explore UNO will include a "huge" breakout session on financial aid and scholarships, Hornsby said. Student scholarship and financial aid verification officers will be on hand to answer tricky questions.

"We really want to make sure that whole transition from high school to college is complete and that you have these people here to assist you," said Hornsby. "The browse will not only include all the academic colleges, but the student services departments, such as the Division of Student Affairs, Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, Student Health Services, Counseling Services, Career Services and others."

Ensuring that the University of New Orleans stays true to the city's gospel of fun and hospitality, Explore UNO will end with evening entertainment that runs from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Sandbar on Founders Road. Performances will be put on by the University's student improve troupe.


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