By Sara Block
This year, from Oct. 8-10, Union College Admissions will bring qualified and interested high school seniors from across the country in order to experience Union’s campus firsthand.
This event, called Getting to Know U, is hosted annually on Columbus Day weekend by the Union College Admissions department as part of its mission to recruit diverse applicants.
The individual in charge of organizing Getting to Know U is Admissions Director of Multicultural Recruitment Delon McAllister and his assistant Susan Cassella.
Cassella said the purpose of the weekend is “to showcase what we have to offer here for diversified students.”
The invitation is sent by Union Admissions to guidance counselors at certain high schools from California to New York, requesting that the guidance counselors recommend a few students.
Guidance counselors select students who they feel are academically qualified based on Union’s reported standards, and who they feel would be both interested in and a good fit for Union. These selected students are then transported via airplane or bus to Union.
Cassella said student body diversity is important to Admissions, and this weekend “also helps [Union] to diversify geographically.”
The itinerary for the prospective applicants is not yet available, but Cassella said the program generally follows a similar outline each year.
Saturday afternoon and evening are generally devoted to social outings. On Sunday evening, the students are invited to a welcoming dinner with various administrative officials.The following Monday, the prospective students are encouraged to participate in an open house and attend classes.
At some point during their stay, various students and faculty members will hold information panels on such topics as various major programs or study abroad opportunities for the prospective students to attend.