By Carina Sorrentino
For those accepted, Union offers class visits, campus life panels, academic presentations and tours. As accepted students begin to explore their potential future home, guides attempt to express the most appealing views of Union. Tour guide Lianna Pepe ‘15 said her main point to get across during a tour is “the community atmosphere of a small school.”
Fellow Gatekeeper Emma Gold ‘15 understands that most of these students have already been on a tour, so she seeks to provide them with “a more in-depth look at the school so that they can actually picture themselves being here.”
When asked about the reasons why more students have applied to the college in recent years, Malatesta said, “It is a really good time to be at Union as far as programs and facilities. We have so much happening. We have Wold and the new dance center, so from a facilities perspective we are showing incredibly well. Even the Minerva system has gained a nice reputation out there and it is an attractive program for students.”
The accepted students have until May 1 to commit, and Malatesta is confident that the school will achieve its target range of around 570 new students. “We have worked very hard here to get across the message of what Union is about,” said Malatesta. “I think being able to understand connections and combine a variety of academic interests is really attractive to young people who are saying ‘I need a varied skill set when I get out of college,’” he continued.