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COLUMBUS, Miss. --Mississippi University for Women will hold its first Virtual Open House from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct 22.

The event, which is organized by The W’s Office of Admissions, is designed to be an introduction to school and an opportunity for students and their families to learn from representatives from Campus Recreation, Financial Aid, Housing, Police Department, Information Technology Services, Student Success Center and Student Life.

Students can register for the event online at:

“We didn’t want to break traditions in what we would normally do for our prospective students during the fall of the year,” said Iika McCarter, director of admissions. “Students have become somewhat accustomed to having virtual events, so we decided to give it a try.”

The event will kick off with check-in and registration from 12:30 to 1 p.m. An overview of The W featuring an introduction of the admissions staff, an agenda for Zoom and School roll call and an overview of the admissions department will follow from 1-1:30 p.m.

Students then will be able to take part in a question and answer session with representatives from various departments at the university. A virtual tour will follow from 2:30 to 2:45 p.m. Current students at The W will lead a tour of the campus.

The event will conclude with an Academic Break-out from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. The break-out will be held in a college fair type session and will allow students to meet with faculty from each of school or college and to learn more about The W’s academic offerings.  

McCarter praised the efforts of numerous people in coming together to make the Virtual Open House a reality. She said virtual recruitment allows colleges to take their communication with students to another level and to be more engaged with students. McCarter added students ask more questions and they welcome additional follow-up once they’ve had a virtual experience, which is part of the reason she is excited about showcasing everything The W has to offer.

“This event will allow students to have a more intimate connection because they will have people in front of them who will be able to answer their burning questions, whether it be about admissions, housing or how much school will cost,” McCarter said. “They will have an opportunity to discuss their majors with faculty from each college and hear about campus life.”

Oct. 13, 2020
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