How a campus visit can change your college decision
September 5, 2013 | Ian Richardson
When Katelyn Bye arrived to visit Evangel’s campus, she already had plans to attend college in her home state of Oregon. Even though her parents wanted her to explore all her options before making the final decision, she wasn’t sure she wanted to live halfway across the country from her family.
But during that daylong visit, her outlook changed. One moment especially helped her realize Evangel was the place for her.
“As I completed my meeting with my admissions counselor, he prayed for me and my college search,” Bye says. “To him, that probably wasn’t a profound moment or a big deal at all, but to me, that changed my entire view of the school. I immediately felt like this was where I needed to be and where God wanted me to study.”
Now, Bye is finishing the final semester of her senior year at Evangel. She is also in her second year as an Evangel student host, interacting with visitors who are in the same place she was just a few years ago.
Many other Evangel students have stories of how they fell in love with Evangel during their visits to campus. Because while you can read about EU on the website, check out the photo galleries on Facebook or read the view books you get in the mail, nothing quite compares to experiencing Evangel in real life.
That’s where EU Preview Days come in.
Evangel offers several opportunities for prospective students to experience Evangel’s culture. This spring, Evangel is holding group visit days every month, and can prepare customized visit opportunities by request. Registration for both options is now open.
During a typical EU Preview Day, prospective students receive a tour of Evangel’s campus, experience a Chapel service, sit in on a class, eat lunch on campus with a student host, meet with a professor from their academic department of interest and meet with their admissions counselor. Parents have the opportunity to sit in on a parent panel that will answer questions they might have.
“During their time on campus, prospective students get to hang out just as if they are a student on campus,” director of undergraduate admissions Josh Cincotta says.
To introduce prospective students to current students, Evangel has a team of student hosts to guide them through the visit day activities. These student hosts also house the students in their residence hall rooms during overnight visits and include them in their evening activities.
“Overnight visits really give students the chance to get to know campus better and explore Springfield,” says senior Karah Ludwig, who is in her second year as a student host. “I have a great group of girls on my floor, and we will usually all get together and either go out for coffee or ice cream around town, check out fun events on campus like Fashion Fever, intramural sporting events or even just enjoy a movie in the dorms.”
The overnight visits are also good times to ask questions and learn student-to-student what Evangel life is really like. Bye says many students she meets just need someone to talk to about what college is like.
“They are at a critical point in their lives when they are trying to make a crucial decision about their future,” Bye says. “I love listening to them and helping them through their concerns and apprehensions.”
Interested in checking out Evangel’s campus in real life? You can find a list of upcoming EU Preview Days and register online. Visits do fill up quickly and registration closes when they are full, so sign up early.
This article has been updated from the original version to reflect changes.