High School Juniors Get an Introduction to College Life

February 18, 2009

Forty-five high school juniors attended Christendom College's inaugural Junior Visit Day on Monday, February 16.

The event, intended to be an informative open house for local students, drew students from several states, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York.

visitThe visiting students toured campus, attended classes, spoke with faculty, and heard from the Director of Admissions Tom McFadden, a Student Life Panel and College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell. O'Donnell highlighted the College's history and mission, noting the important role Christendom plays in the universal Church. He invited students to join in Christendom's mission of "restoring all things in Christ."

"Many people already think they know all about Christendom College, and, therefore, think that they do not need to make a visit to our campus," says Admissions Director Tom McFadden. "But we have found that what people think they know about Christendom, and what Christendom really is, are sometimes quite different. A visit really helps the prospective student get a better understanding of our unique educational apostolate."

"The day really helped me get a good idea of what Christendom is all about," visiting student Peter Mercandetti of Emmitsburg, Md., said. "It was very informative."

"We did everything we could to roll out the red carpet and make their time on campus as informative as possible," Associate Director of Admissions Lauren Clark said. "We look forward to holding Visit Days on a more regular basis, in addition to our designated Visit Weekends each fall and spring."

The Junior Visit Day provides an opportunity for high school students to conduct a preliminary campus visit, which is essential before or during the application process. Already, plans for the next academic year include a two Senior Visit Days during the fall and two Junior Visit Days in the spring.

"Once a student is accepted, we recommend a longer, more involved visit to campus in their senior year," Clark said. "This makes Junior Visit Day the perfect precursor."



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