July 13, 2007

Open house set for July 20 at SIUC

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Hundreds of prospective Southern Illinois University Carbondale students and their parents will learn how to become Salukis at an open house sponsored by Undergraduate Admissions on Friday, July 20.

The open houses, held several times throughout the year, give students considering SIUC the opportunity to see the campus, learn about financial aid and scholarships, discover more about the colleges and departments they are most interested in and get a sense of recreational, social and extracurricular activities available on and near campus.

The SIUC Student Center serves as home base for the open house. Campus tours depart every 15 minutes and housing tours every half-hour throughout the day, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with welcome activities starting at 9 a.m. The first session, "How to Become a Saluki" begins at 9:20 a.m., and provides an overview of admissions, financial aid and housing options.

Specialized workshops help students find their financial aid or scholarship niche, including undecided students and those transferring from other institutions. More workshops help transfer students learn how to get the most mileage from their transferring credit hours, while prospective freshmen can learn about interest groups just for them.

The workshop concludes with college and department showcases.

Pam Wilkins, open house coordinator, said she expects about 800 students and family members to attend the open house. She said the open house especially helps students who are going to be seniors in high school this year learn what the process of looking at a college is all about.

Five more dates are set for the upcoming academic year. They are set for Oct. 8, Nov. 3, and Feb. 18, March 29 and July 18.

For more information, contact Undergraduate Admissions at 618/536-4405 or visit the Web site at www.admissions.siu.edu.