About 250 prospective students and family members visited Cheyney University’s campus recently for Destination Cheyney. The college visitation was organized by the new director of admissions, Eric Hilton, and his staff.
Most of the visitors were from Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Others came from New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Massachusetts.
The Marian Anderson Music Center served as base for a thorough introduction to all that Cheyney University has to offer. The goal was to help parents, students and counselors better understand the admissions process and quality of academic and student life.
Staff from the admissions office, student leaders and faculty members were on hand to greet the guests and answer their questions. Energetic performances by the band, cheerleaders, dancers and choir added a flair to the day.
To present a realistic university experience, mock classroom and faculty presentations showcased a range of university programs: These included business administration, fashion merchandising, hospitality and leisure studies, natural and applied science, including math and computer science; education and leadership studies, humanities, communications, arts – featuring graphic design, theater, art and music – social and behavioral science, including political science, psychology and criminal justice, guidance and counseling.
Following lunch at Ada Georges Ballroom, where guests got to sample all kinds of college cuisine, student leaders and representatives from Student Life, Residence Life and Student Activities held a panel discussion for the visitors.
Across campus, visiting family members learned about financial aid and residence life from a panel of experts from University College, Residence Life, and Financial Aid.
“The office of admissions will be following up with these students and encouraging their admissions application to the university,” Hilton said. His staff will also send personalized notes, thanking them for their attendance.
Hilton said parents and counselors expressed appreciation for answered questions and at least one remarked that Cheyney gave them “a good feeling about the comfort level.”
He also said one student remarked; “I love this school. I just got accepted and my future looks bright.”