Hundreds of prospective students and their families will visit campus on Monday, Oct. 9, for SUNY Cortland’s first Fall Open House, an event that aims to showcase the College’s strong academic programs, fulfilling extracurricular opportunities and an energizing student experience.
More than 700 students and their families will spend the day touring campus and speaking with professors, staff members and current students. The event coincides with the federal observance of Columbus Day, which is a day off from school for many prospective students.
“Fall Open House offers the best opportunity to learn more about SUNY Cortland’s strengths in person and see our campus at a busy time, when classes are in session,” said Mark Yacavone ’94, the College’s assistant vice president for enrollment management. “We want prospective students to envision all of the success they’ll achieve at Cortland and in their careers.
“The hope is that they apply to the College and join an incoming class made up of smart and promising students.”
Visitors are asked to register for the event, but those who have not pre-registered are welcome to attend. Prospective transfer students and high school underclassmen are invited as well. A second Fall Open House is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 13, when Veterans Day is observed.
Including parents and guests, more than 2,000 people are expected to visit campus Oct. 9.
The day starts with an Academic Programs, Student Services and Clubs Fair that runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Student Life Center Gymnasium. Every academic department will be represented so that prospective students can learn more about the majors and clubs that interest them the most. Faculty, staff members and students will be available to chat with visitors and answer questions.
From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., students and families are encouraged to attend special presentations and facility tours on specific academic programs. Eighteen different sessions take place across campus. These include the College’s pre-professional advisement pathways in medicine and dentistry, physical therapy and occupational therapy and law.
Other presentations also take place throughout the morning and early afternoon. Visitors can learn more about topics such as the College’s Honors Program, financial aid and residence life and housing.
Guided tours of the campus and residence halls will run 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., leaving from the Student Life Center.
A full schedule of the day’s events is available online.
Parking for Open House visitors will be provided in the College’s Route 281 parking lot, which features shuttle bus service to the Student Life Center. Visitors using a GPS device should enter “1 Folmer Drive, Cortland, NY 13045.”