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Spring preview breaks attendance record

Spring preview breaks attendance record

April 05
00:31 2011

By Candice Lindsey / Staff writer –

An estimated 4,000 people attended this semester’s UNT Preview, which brought both accepted and prospective students and their families to tour and learn more about UNT.

The preview took place Saturday throughout the campus between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Dustin Mayfield, a higher education graduate student and an assistant director of admissions who helped organize the event, said the response to this semester’s preview was outstanding.

Julie Kirkland, the assistant dean of undergraduate studies, speaks with prospective student and parents during UNT Preview Saturday. (Photo by Kalani Gordon / Staff Photographer)

“We broke a record in the number of people who pre-registered for the event,” Mayfield said.

The event takes place during both the spring and fall semesters and serves as a tool for accepted and prospective students to learn what UNT has to offer, Mayfield said.

“It gives students and parents a small taste of the ‘real’ college experience,” he said. “By putting our best foot forward and giving the students a good experience, we have a great chance of seeing them on campus in the fall.”

The preview is divided into sessions students and their families can attend throughout the day. Session topics include financial aid, housing, study abroad, freshman admissions, transfer admissions presentations, UNT student and parent panels, and academic sessions. Campus tours and residence hall tours were also available.

Alex Hutcherson, a high school junior from Arlington, came to the preview to check out what UNT has to offer for fashion merchandising students.

“I haven’t really heard anything about [UNT] yet,” Hutcherson said. “It looks fun.”

Hutcherson’s parents, J. and Denise Hutcherson, said they’re making a number of trips to events like UNT Preview to find a program that best fits their daughter’s needs.

Viviana Trevino, a high school senior from Coppell, has already been accepted to UNT. She and her mother came to the preview to tour the campus and to find out more about the journalism program.

“I’ve come here before, but I’ve never taken a tour of the actual buildings,” she said.

Jasiel Perez, a higher education graduate student and an associate director of admissions, said the main difference between this semester’s preview and years past was the Accepted Students Luncheon.

“This year, we recognized admitted students that had already gone through the admissions process and we had a lunch barbeque for them,” Perez said.

In addition to the luncheon, accepted students had the chance to connect with their future orientation leaders, another new addition to the preview.

UNT Dining Services also served lunch to all prospective students and their families in Kerr Cafeteria.

Perez said this is the first time UNT has divided accepted and prospective students. Before, UNT has not been able to accurately track how many people end up attending UNT after they have attended a preview.

“After this preview, we’ll be able to track that number,” Perez said.

The event’s official count hasn’t been released, but Mayfield guessed that about 1,500 students attended, and most brought family members.

“Overall, we estimate around 4,500 students and families [were] on campus,” he said.

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