October 23, 2006

SIUC's next open house is set for Nov. 4

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will open its doors to some 300 prospective students and their families from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at SIUC's Student Recreation Center, 300 E. Grand Ave.

Those who arrive before 8:30 a.m. can take the early bird campus tour after checking in.

Activities get under way at 9:30 a.m. Presentations will focus on the admissions process, financial aid, housing, orientation, scholarships (including those for academically gifted students) and opportunities both for transfer students and for those who have not yet selected a major.

Admissions, financial aid and housing will offer individual counseling from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and students may apply for on-the-spot admission at this time. To complete the admission process, those in high school must bring official copies of their transcripts and ACT or SAT scores; transfer students must furnish copies of transcripts from each college they have attended.

University staff will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to noon to talk about specific majors, career and placement services, and student life and student support services organizations.

Some departments will offer individual tours at noon and 1 p.m.; campus and residence hall tours will be given at selected times throughout the day.

Students need not make appointments to attend the open house but are encouraged to pre-register. The admissions office will accept online pre-registrations through Nov. 1. To register electronically, visit the office Web site, admissions.siu.edu, and select the "Open House & Visit Programs" link.

For more information, call Admissions and Special Events Coordinator Pam Wilkins at 618/453-2992 or e-mail her at pamwilks@siu.edu.

Providing services to meet the educational, career-planning, physical, recreational, emotional and mental health needs of students is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.