Green and orange balloons decorated the front entrance of the Campus Center as University of La Verne students and administrators welcomed high school students and their families to the campus Nov. 21 for Preview Day.
Preview Day co-chairwomen junior political science major Gabriela Krupa and senior accounting major Jennifer Nguyen have been planning for the sixth annual event since June.
“We want to get the word out to students about the University of La Verne and be able to show why they should be applying here and why they should come here,” Nguyen said.
More than 60 University students served as Preview Day leaders and assisted with answering questions and guiding students at the event.
The day started with continental breakfast and a club and department fair, where high school students were able to interact with student representatives and learn about the different clubs and departments at the University.
Students were later ushered into the Sports Science and Athletics Pavilion and officially welcomed by Dean of Admission Chris Krzak and President Devorah Lieberman.
Lieberman reminded students about this year’s theme “Find Your Spot,” and said she wants everyone to find his or her rightful place, whether it be at the University or elsewhere.
Krzak and Director of Financial Aid Diane Anchundia presented about admission and financial aid and provided data and statistics such as average GPA and test scores, annual tuition cost and the application process for incoming freshmen.
After the presentation, Preview Day leaders guided students to the first of their three selected sessions. The 40-minute sessions gave students a more focused understanding about specific topics related to the University, such as housing, student life and the first-year experience.
“As a high school senior, I wish I came to Preview Day because I didn’t come and visit,” said Elmeera Nosrati, freshman business administration major and Preview Day leader. “Honestly, this is a good opportunity for them, and I hope that I can give somebody the opportunity I didn’t have.”
San Gabriel Mission High School senior Alize Dorado first heard about the University when she was contacted via email about a year ago and decided to come to Preview Day to learn more about the school.
“(The University) is really nice and surpassed my expectations,” Dorado said. “I really like the nice, but comfortable, atmosphere and how it is similar to my school where the teachers are with you, working with you and challenging you.”
After the last session, students enjoyed lunch in the quad and had the chance to meet La Verne community members and other prospective students.
Prospective students ended Preview Day with campus and housing tours led by student ambassadors and resident assistants.
“Even if they don’t choose La Verne, at least we can help them see what they’re looking for in a college because I know that’s why I wanted to do this for sure,” said Alyssa Noriega, freshman business administration major and Preview Day leader. “I for sure didn’t know what college I wanted to go to or what to look for.”
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