BC Hosts Spring Open House
Prospective BC students get a glimse of what it's like to be a Ram.
April 13, 2011
Prospective BC students got a look at what it’s like to be a Ram at a Spring Open House at the college on March 25.
BC was full of excitement on March 25 because of the open house.
The Open House, which started at 9:45 a.m. with registration in Harman Chapel, allowed the high school students and their parents to tour the campus, attend an academic fair, have lunch in Shott Hall, and meet professors.
“Open House is an opportunity for prospective students to come and get a glimpse of what life is like at Bluefield College,” said Mark Hipes, Director of Traditional Admissions. “We invite them and their families to come; it’s a complete overview of your academic life, social life, and, just life. “
The academic fair provided the chance to learn about BC’s majors and for the first time, BC incorporated student organizations and clubs into the academic fair.
For example, the Appalachian Trail and Outdoor Club (ATOC) set up an information table complete with a tent, camp fire, and necessary camping supplies.
“We thought that setting up a camp site would catch people’s attention and get them excited about some of the many opportunities Bluefield offers its students,” said Courtney Dutton, Co-President of the ATOC.
Students were treated to lunch in Shott Hall, where they ate with current BC students.
Austin Bunn, a senior from Grayson County High School, was one of the visiting students who enjoyed his day.
“I thought it was a great time,” said Bunn. “There was definitely a feeling of family and belonging there. The entire faculty is extremely friendly, along with the students. Bluefield is a great place.”
A lot of work goes into setting up an open house.
“There’s actually a lot of stuff behind the scenes,” said Hipes. “Once we put our schedule together we contact all the departments and faculty members to get everybody where they need to be that day. The goal is always to have people feel like there was no planning behind it.”
Another goal is to increase the number of prospective students at open house events.
“We averaged between 25 and 30 students, which is up a tick from last year,” said Hipes. “The goal is to get between 50 and 100 students—that’s where we would like to see it in the next few years.”
All in all, the Spring Open House was a success for BC.
“I thought it was really good,” said Hipes. “There were some things we could have worked on. I wish we would have had more time for students and faculty to talk. I thought it went well; it was a good event.”
An open house provides future college students a few hours to see what college is like and help them determine their college choice.
“I think through an event like this, students walk away knowing either ‘Yeah, this is where I want to attend, or maybe this isn’t the best fit for me,’” said Hipes. “Whether it’s the open houses, campus visit, or overnight visit, we always want students to come away knowing whether this is for them or not.”