Christendom’s admissions office is hosting a record number of prospective students on campus this fall, with an increase of 75% more visits than this time last year. With a record number of applications already received before the college’s December 1 early application deadline, the college is in the midst of experiencing a popularity surge like never before.
Visiting a college campus is one of the best ways to determine if a school is the right fit, and Christendom accepts visitors throughout the year, almost any day or night on which academic classes are held. Students can stay in a residence hall with a student ambassador, attend classes, meals, liturgical celebrations, and social events, and then meet individually with the admissions director and others. Additionally, families can take advantage of the very popular Open House events that are hosted each semester, giving them the opportunity to experience a more formal presentation about the college.
(Read VP for Enrollment Tom McFadden’s insights into getting the most out of your college visit: http://www.setonmagazine.com/latest-articles/6-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-college-visit)
Christendom has hosted two Open House events a semester in years past, giving students and their families a taste of the college life over the course of a day. Due to their popularity, the admissions office added a third Open House event to the schedule this fall, resulting in even more students getting the opportunity to see if Christendom is the college for them. On top of those visits, hundreds of other families are making their own private visits to campus, with many traveling from across the United States to see the college for themselves.
“We offer a college experience here that’s unlike any other in the U.S., and people only fully realize this when they visit our campus and sit in our classes,” says director of admissions Sam Phillips. “Our commitment to our time-tested, liberal arts education, and a vibrant Catholic culture in which each student is known as a person and not as a number, sets us apart and makes us appealing during a time when higher education is increasingly watered down, secularized, and bureaucratic. We’re thrilled to welcome so many prospective students to our campus, and we hope to see them all apply in the future.”
The admissions office is expecting another packed crowd at its final Open House of the fall on Veterans Day, November 12 (registration is still available here), before welcoming even more students to campus at its two Open House events this coming spring.
These record visit numbers are encouraging as the college’s December 1 early application deadline quickly approaches. With total applications received already up 20% over last year, the admissions office is expecting to break all previous application records.
Of those applicants, many are also applying for the college’s Padre Pio Full-Tuition Scholarship competition, which will be held on March 16. The all-day event will feature the very best applicants vying for a chance to attend Christendom for only the cost of room and board (discover more about the Padre Pio competition here).
As December 1 fast approaches, that also means that the college will soon be opening registration for the 2019 Experience Christendom Summer Program. The highest-rated and most popular pre-college summer program in the nation will be hosting students during five one-week sessions over the summer months, as they explore the Shenandoah, study with Christendom’s faculty, and thrive in the college’s Catholic culture (see more information here).
There is much to look forward to at Christendom in the coming months. To discover more about these opportunities and more, please visit christendom.edu.