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Thursday, March 15, 2012

What Happens at Days on the Lawn?

 
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The first of SIX Days on the Lawn is on Monday!  Obviously, the attendees will be Early Action applicants who are trying to get a jump start on making their final college decision.  This will be the smallest of the six events and we're looking forward to easing into the open house season.  I thought I'd tell you a little more about what will happen on Monday.

Keep in mind that coming to Days on the Lawn is by no means required, but it can be helpful for students who are weighing their options.

Admission officers and Days on the Lawn student volunteers will greet you at the Emmet & Ivy Parking Garage when you arrive and point you towards the Rotunda.  We'll have some light refreshments on the Rotunda steps until 9:00 AM.  After a quick hello from Dean Roberts, you'll hear from either President Teresa Sullivan.  A student will also offer some advice for incoming students.  I have to admit that the student talk is usually my favorite part!

After this, you'll be off on the academic part of the day.  Each school and college has an information session or faculty panel (some also offer a tour of their facilities).  The students will break away from the parents to head to classes(*) at some point. 

Throughout the day, representatives from different offices will be available for questions.  There's a resource fair in the South Meeting Room of Newcomb Hall (the student union) and the Financial Aid staff will have sessions in Newcomb as well (they are usually able to talk one-on-one with people after the give out some general information, so feel free to bring some questions). 

Different styles of residence halls will be open for tours as well.  Last year, students were able to visit Brown College (a residential college), a traditional hall on McCormick Road, and a suite style hall on Alderman Road.  These tours are a nice supplement to the pictures and floor plans of first year residence halls on the housing website.

The academic events of the day end with a student panel in Old Cabell Hall and Echols/Rodman/College Science Scholars panels (see the schedule for specific locations).  We usually have students from different graduation years and different academic programs on the panel, so a variety of student experiences are represented.


*About Attending a Class: After you submit your registration for DOTL, check out the list of open classes and pick a few that seem interesting to you.  The levels range from the lower level 1000 courses to more advanced 3000 level courses and there are courses open all over the academic map.  When you arrive at the Rotunda on the morning of your visit, there will be a table where you can pick your classes.  One visitor is allowed per ten students in a class.  So, a small seminar that has ten students in it can have one visitor while a large lecture with 100 students in it can have ten visitors.  There will be students around to help you find the right building and they'll be happy to give you advice about classes as well.

Any questions about Days on the Lawn?