Prospective SMU undergraduates from around the nation will visit the Hilltop during March and April 2011. SMU President R. Gerald Turner shared the upcoming schedule of “Destination SMU” events for accepted prospective students – as well as visitation day for prospective President’s and Hunt Scholars – in a campuswide e-mail March 2, 2011:
In the days and weeks ahead SMU will be visited by groups of accepted prospective students and their families, representing the most academically gifted applicants in SMU’s history. You can play a major role in making our visitors feel welcome and in representing the quality of the educational experience they will enjoy if they decide to attend SMU.
Visitation programs will occur March 3-4, March 31-April 1 and April 7-8. Scholarship interview day for prospective Hunt and President’s Scholars will be March 25. In addition, the Office of Admission is offering daily visits to prospective students and their families who make arrangements in advance.
As you know, more than 75 percent of prospective students who visit campus select SMU based on the quality of those visits. Every point of contact is critical in helping these students gain a sense of the collegiate experience at SMU, whether you are welcoming visitors to your classes or helping them find their way to a campus destination. Many of the student visitors will be carrying red backpacks we have provided them, so it will be easy to identify them among our campus population. To these visitors, each of us will be the face of SMU, representing the character and values of the University.
Thank you for the important role you play in our recruitment effort. Together, we can continue the University’s rise in academic quality as we attract and retain increasingly high-achieving students to benefit from the outstanding programs of our University.