Fall New Student Recruitment Programs

Submitted by David Hautanen VP for Enrollment Management
September 16, 2020 - 7:55 am

The Office of Admission offers a wide range of recruitment programs for prospective students and their families throughout the year. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Admission revised recruitment initiatives and protocols for the fall semester. Despite the challenges of this unprecedented period, it remains important for the College to provide opportunities for prospective students to learn how St. Mary’s College may support their educational and personal aspirations.

Each fall semester, the College sponsors three OPEN HOUSE PROGRAMS for prospective students. This year the Office of Admission will be hosting three virtual Open House programs on October 3, October 24, and November 14. The agenda will include virtual admission and financial assistance presentations, a student panel, academic and student resource fairs, and campus tours.

On a regular basis, the Office of Admission offers VIRTUAL VISIT PROGRAMS for prospective students to learn more about the College. Prospective students may choose to attend an admission information session, as well as schedule meetings with admission staff, Office of Student Financial Assistance staff, and current students. They may also view two different types of online campus tour experiences.

Following the development of COVID-19 protocols, the Office of Admission began hosting limited ON CAMPUS VISITS in early August.

To help keep our community safe, these protocols include:

  • Limiting information sessions and tours to one or two families at a time and by appointment only.
  • Guests have been limited to no more than three accompanying the prospective student during the information session and tour.
  • All guests are required to complete a visitor’s version of the SMCM Daily Symptom Check prior to arrival.
  • All guests are asked to use the hand sanitizer provided in the Admission Welcome Center upon arrival.
  • Admission staff, student Ambassadors, and guests are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • The tour route has been revised to reduce the number of indoor locations and tours no longer enter a residence hall or the Great Room.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures have been put in place.

We are confident that these measures will serve to keep each other and our community safe while offering prospective students an opportunity, albeit limited, to see campus. As the College monitors public health, in partnership with county and state agencies, we will make any necessary adjustments to programs.