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For college-bound students, the spring of their senior year is often a time for visiting college campuses and making final decisions. This spring turned out to be very different, with college campuses shuttered across the United States. Despite the challenges, Christendom found new ways to reach prospective students and their families, hosting virtual open houses and creating a virtual visit page. While nothing can compare to experiencing Christendom’s campus and vibrant community in person, these virtual events served as a convenient way for students and their families to connect with Christendom from home.

When Christendom transitioned to online distance learning this spring, interested students were suddenly asking the question: “how can I still learn more about Christendom before making my college decision?” The college’s admissions team immediately began work on new, creative ways to answer this question. A virtual visit page was created, featuring a walking tour of campus, tours of the residence halls, a message from director of admissions Sam Phillips, and more. The admissions team went even further from there, developing and hosting two virtual open house events in the spring months to take the place of the in-person open house events they would typically host during the semester.

During both virtual open house events, attendants heard presentations about the college’s core curriculum and majors, extra-curricular opportunities, career prospects, financial aid, the college’s semester in Rome, and the value of receiving a truly Catholic education. Participants also had an opportunity to take a virtual tour, giving them a glimpse of Christendom’s beautiful campus. Finally, vice president of enrollment Tom McFadden and Phillips closed out each event with a Q&A session.

“While no substitute for a physical visit to campus, families have expressed their gratitude for these Virtual Open Houses, especially during this period of disruption when they have not been able to travel to Christendom,” stated Phillips. “We look forward to holding in-person open house events this fall and, given the enthusiastic feedback we have received from families, we also plan to continue making virtual events available to families in the future.”

According to Phillips, students and parents who previously had little knowledge of Christendom are now making plans to visit campus in person or are even considering enrollment for the fall of 2020.

Seniors who attended the Virtual Open Houses were also able to receive a $300 tuition voucher for enrollment this fall, making this an even greater opportunity for seniors making their college decision.

Looking ahead, the admissions team is excited to welcome visitors back to campus for visits this fall and is planning both in-person and virtual Open House events with dates to be announced soon.

To make a virtual visit of campus and learn more about life at Christendom, please visit this page.

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