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Texan Tour welcomes prospective students
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 8, 2013
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Nearly 2,000 prospective students and their guests from all corners of Texas and beyond received a glimpse into the life of a Tarleton student Saturday.
The university welcomed a near-record crowd to its semiannual Texan Tour, held each fall and spring semester, for campus tours, college open houses, lunch and a student organization fair. The day also included information on admissions guidelines and financial aid for students.
Organized and hosted by the Welcome Center and Office of School Relations, university staff, faculty and more than 70 Texan Reps, a student-volunteer tour guide group, greeted the crowd. The event resulted in a 19 percent increase in attendance compared to the spring 2012 preview day, according to Laurie Gaiser, director of the Welcome Center and School Relations. A total of 1,827 visitors attended event, including 705 prospective students—mostly high school juniors and seniors.
“Representatives from every academic college and every part of the state were on-hand to provide input to make Texan Tour what it is, and to help our visitors feel comfortable and welcomed,” Gaiser said. “There’s no better situation for prospective students to learn about Tarleton that from a current student, and student-to-student recruiting has proven to be the best tool.”
Pre-registration for Texan Tour included visitors from all corners of the state and as far away as Kansas, Colorado, Arizona and Maryland. “We are no longer a ‘regional’ university,” Gaiser said. “Our efforts to reach out to all parts of Texas and beyond is evidenced by the turnout at Texan Tour and admission of new students.”
Partly because of Texan Tour, Tarleton has enjoyed a 38 percent increase in its freshman class during the past three years and surpassed a record enrollment of 10,000 students during the fall 2012 semester.
“This Texan Tour was our most successful yet. The guests were extremely complimentary of our faculty and staff and many noted that the experience helped convince them that Tarleton was the right choice,” said Dr. Karen Murray, provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs. “This type of response will be very helpful as Tarleton not only grows but also shapes the make-up of our freshman class.”
To learn more about Tarleton and how to schedule a campus tour, please visit http://www.tarleton.edu/welcome.
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
Contact: Welcome Center / Office of School Relations