Prospective students, families invited to Open House

Western Carolina University will open its doors to prospective students and their families and friends as the university holds its first Open House of the fall semester Saturday, Sept. 14.

Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Open House gives visitors a chance to tour the campus, learn about the university’s wide array of academic programs, and find out the important details of topics such as financial aid. Prospective students attending on Sept. 14 also can pick up a free ticket to see WCU’s football team take on the Citadel that afternoon.

The day’s activities will begin with registration/check-in and an information fair located around the concourse of WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Following a welcome session in the main arena of the Ramsey Center, prospective students will have a chance to engage in academic sessions led by WCU faculty members.

Tours of the campus will be offered in late morning, and lunch will be available at all campus dining locations. Students attending Open House will receive a voucher for a free lunch, which can be redeemed at Courtyard Dining Hall or the food court at A.K. Hinds University Center.

The WCU-Citadel football game will begin at 3:30 at E.J. Whitmire Stadium, and numerous activities will be available for visitors to participate in before kickoff, including watching WCU’s award-winning Pride of the Mountains Marching Band carry out its pregame Spirit March. Prospective students can pick up their free tickets during Open House registration/check-in, and other guests will have a chance to purchase tickets at a discounted price.

For interested students who cannot attend the Sept. 14 event, WCU’s second Open House of the fall will be held Saturday, Nov. 9. Campus tours also are available year-round by appointment for students and their families.

Parking for Open House on Sept. 14 will be located at WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building on Little Savannah Road. Directional signs and guides will be available to direct visitors to the right location, and shuttle rides will be provided to other points on campus.

Preregistration for Open House and more information is available by going to the website or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 828-227-7317 or toll-free 877-928-4968.