Close to 150 academy juniors, seniors, and their sponsors from Seventh-day Adventist academies throughout Northern and Central California visited the campus of Pacific Union College for College Days, October 16-17. It was the first of six visitation events the college will hold this academic year.
The two-day event showcased PUC’s beautiful location and unique learning environment, providing visiting students with the opportunity to sit in on college classes, worship with other students, attend a financial aid workshop, tour department facilities, stay with current PUC students in one of the residence halls, and fully immerse themselves into life at the college. A special student panel was held, where visiting students were able to ask questions of current PUC students about their experiences at the college.
A particular highlight this College Days were the activities held on Sunday evening, where prospective students participated in a friendly trivia game and Jedi dodgeball in the Pacific Auditorium. The evening closed with a late night ice cream feed in the campus center courtyard.
“College Days is a great event to help connect prospective students with PUC,” said J.R. Rogers, director of recruitment. “It helps give them an idea of what it would be like to attend PUC and whether or not they can see themselves here. Typically, students who visit our campus have a higher probability of attending, so these events are of critical importance and an opportunity for PUC to shine.”
The next College Days will take place November 6-7, which will follow a similar format as the one in October, but also features PUC’s annual Fall Festival event and the intramural flag football championship game.
A special Transfer Days event soon follows on November 11, and is open to students interested in transferring to the college from another college or university. The one-day event offers transfer students a comprehensive look at the college and discover what PUC has to offer, including a session where they can receive more information about transferring, study abroad opportunities, and scholarships for transfer students. Another Transfer Days event is planned for February 17.
“We’re really looking forward to hosting more students on our campus this year, particularly transfer students,” said Brennan Puiia, assistant director of recruitment. “These students have a different set of needs than incoming freshmen, and we want to make sure we’re meeting these needs as well as helping them understand the transfer process.”
After the calendar turns to 2017, there will be two remaining College Days during this academic year; February 12-14, and April 9-11. These three-day experiences also include tours of nearby St. Helena and culminate in an afternoon spent in San Francisco at the popular tourist destination of Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. Students outside of Northern California are encouraged to attend, as are rising juniors.