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April 3, 2014

CSU Open House gives tours to prospective students

By Aaron Cutteridge

Open HouseCleveland State University welcomed more than 1,550 visitors to the campus on Saturday, March 29 for the 4th Annual Spring Open House event to introduce the campus to prospective students and their parents.

Senior Manager with Marketing Communications Jen Moran was at the walk-in registration table for anyone who did not pre-register.

“We surpassed last year’s pre-registration [numbers],” Moran said.
Pre-registration was at more than 1,800 visitors but a winter storm forecasted for the day dropped the actual number.

The event began in the Student Center with multiple tables for check-in and to pick up literature explaining what the day’s events include, along with a map of the Cleveland State campus. Tours of the campus, led by employees from the admissions office, left from the Student Center approximately every 15 minutes.

Tours were conducted on a hop-on, hop-off basis, where as each stop was visited, if people on the tour wanted to stay at a particular college to learn more, they could, and then join another tour group as it made its rounds.

The tour began at Julka Hall and snaked through each building on campus, highlighting programs offered in various departments. The tour concluded in the Urban building.
Fremont, Ohio natives Karen and Robert Fisher made the almost hour-and-a-half trip with their twin daughters, Haley and Holly, for the open house.

The sisters are juniors at Fremont Ross High School, and became interested in Cleveland State after having the opportunity to swim at the Busbey Natatorium for the Viking Invitational and Northwest Districts competition with their school swim team.
Haley is undecided for an area of study but lists psychology and occupational therapy as fields she is interested in. Holly is also undecided but is considering education or zoological studies as options.

The Fisher parents were unimpressed with the format of the open house.

“The information was very vague regarding where to go and what to do,” Karen said. “[It was] very unorganized, even after we asked questions,” Robert added.
Holly and Haley had both applied to swim for the Vikings’ swim team and were slated to meet with the assistant coach later in the day.

Crystal Stewart from the admissions office said they try to keep the tour interesting for prospective students.

“Keep it entertaining and people will listen,” Stewart said. The tour guides’ goal is to give people a heads-up of what Cleveland State has to offer.

Stewart explained she was originally not going to come to Cleveland State for her degree in nursing, but that a tour changed her mind.

Being from the small town of Kingsville, Ohio, she was “skeptical to come to a big city,” Stewart said. “The opportunities here have been really great.”

The third floor ballroom of the Student Center had representatives from most of the departments in attendance and ready to talk to prospective students and parents. Residence Life and Dining were consistently fielding questions from people.

All-in-1 Financial Aid, Career Services and Student Life also maintained a steady stream of visitors to their respective tables. It was shoulder-to-shoulder in the ballroom for most of the event as people maneuvered and jockeyed to talk to the organization they needed.
Bridgette Moore and her son, Kevin Taylor Jr., arrived after noon on Saturday and registered at the walk-in table.

“I heard about it on the radio and wanted to bring my son,” Moore said.

Taylor Jr. is a senior at Shaker Heights High School making his first visit to any college. He hopes to major in Business management.