Archive for Wednesday, March 8, 2000

B.U. Preview is termed successful

March 8, 2000

Prospective Baker University students from far and wide converged on campus Saturday and Sunday for B.U. Preview, which offered them an early look at college life.

There were 92 students and about 100 parents who attended the event. The students stayed over night at various locations on campus. Although most of the prospective students were from Kansas and western Missouri, one came from San Antonio, Texas, and another from St. Louis.

Baker has had the preview for years, but this was the first "over-nighter" for awhile. The turnout was good, according to Paige Illum, director of admissions.

"We were pleasantly surprised," said Illum. "We moved back to the over-night stay because of the positive experience prospective students had.

"It was a lot of fun and the weather really cooperated, which always helps," she said.

All the prospective students and parents arrived around 10 a.m. Saturday and there was an opening reception which included information tables about various activities, classes, etc. at Baker.

From there, the prospective students spent time with BU students getting to know what Baker is like by touring the campus, attending "try a class" classroom settings and other activities. The parents met with various Baker officials regarding academics, student life, financial aide, etc.

After lunch, there was another series of programs for the prospective students to find out about the different academic departments and they met with faculty members. The evening was spent socializing, including a casino night, a show on campus and a theater presentation.

The preview concluded Sunday morning with a service in the chapel and a brunch. Illum termed the weekend a success.

"I think the prospective students got a good taste of what it's like at Baker," she said. "The parents were able to get a lot of their questions answered, too."

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