by Colton Campbell
The University of West Georgia hosted more than 300 prospective students last Sunday
at its spring Preview Day, which serves as an open house to show interested parties
the unique opportunities offered at the university.
Preview Day events are held three times each year at UWG – in the winter, spring and fall. Evan Jaynes, associate director of admissions for campus visits and communications, said Preview Days are “much more than an open house.”
“We are truly sharing our story to the prospective students and their guests they bring to our campus for one day,” Jaynes said. “Our hope is that students came to our Preview Day last weekend with a good idea of the story they’ll write while they’re studying here. We’re all about the opportunities and getting students involved in all levels of campus life, from the lecture hall to the dining hall.”
Attendees during last weekend’s Preview Day got the chance to see the UWG campus “on their own terms,” Jaynes said, meeting professors and seeing residence halls on student-led tours.
After a morning assembly in which UWG Provost Micheal Crafton highlighted the unique opportunities the university affords its students, the 325 prospective students and their 620 guests broke out into different Preview Day activities, from tours to informational sessions on topics such as student life and financial aid.
“We want our Preview Day attendees to really get a chance to explore campus on their own,” Jaynes said. “We’ve also designed different ‘tracks’ for our prospective students to follow that will cater to their interests or needs. For example, we have a track designed for prospective transfer students, those who have a Hispanic background or those who have an interest in the arts.”
The past three Preview Day events – those held in the 2017-18 academic year – have seen a 27.3 percent increase in attendance over the previous year. For this year, more than 3,800 students and their guests attended a Preview Day event, compared to just more than 3,000 attendees in the 2016-17 academic year.
Jaynes said he’s pleased with that increase, especially considering the rainy days Carrollton experienced on the past two Preview Day events.
“All of the feedback we’ve received from our prospective students and their guests has been positive, with lots of visitors complimenting the staff members we had coordinating the event,” Jaynes said. “We had a rain plan to keep people dry while they were getting to their sessions, and we executed that plan well. It was a rainy day, but a good turnout and an exciting day for our prospective students.”
Details on the fall Preview Day event will be announced soon. To stay tuned, visit www.westga.edu/admissions/preview-days.php.