Saturday, March 25, was Preview Day at Fresno State, an opportunity for new potential students, from high schools and community colleges, to visit campus with their families and learn more about the colleges and departments they are interested in pursuing.
Students who are interested in pursuing majors and minors in the College of Arts and Humanities filled the John Wright Theatre at 10 a.m. for a welcome from Associate Dean Honora Chapman. From there, they dispersed to explore the various departments that the college represents – Art and Design, Communication, English, Linguistics, Media, Communications and Journalism, Modern and Classical Literature and Languages, Music, Philosophy and Theatre Arts.
“All of us in the College of Arts and Humanities’ departments and programs are very excited to be welcoming prospective Fresno State students this Saturday at Preview Day,” said Associate Dean Honora Chapman. “Students get to follow professors to various places on campus to see their fields in action, whether in a television studio, seminar room, music hall or graphic design lab. The variety of learning experiences in our College is the greatest in the entire San Joaquin Valley, and we truly hope to see everyone here on Saturday and enrolled in the fall!”
Preview Day, which has been an on-campus event for more than 15 years, is the largest incoming student event at Fresno State, bringing 5,000 to 6,000 potential students to campus. Attendees and their family will have the opportunity to meet with currently enrolled students and faculty and tour campus facilities between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
A variety of activities, workshops and speakers will give future students a glance at what lies ahead when they report for classes in the fall, said Phong Yang, director of the new Undergraduate Student Recruitment office.
Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro and Dr. Frank Lamas, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, will speak to the Preview Day guests at 12:30 p.m. when Fresno State Ice Cream samples will also be available.
The University’s Mexican folkloric dance troupe, Los Danzantes de Aztlan, will perform and participants can have their photo taken with mascots Victor E Bulldog III and Time Out from 12:30-1:30 p.m. outside the Henry Madden Library.
Free Bulldog Bowling, billiards and Xbox games will be available for guests from 1-3 p.m. in the USU Recreation Center (lower level).
“Preview Day is one of the most important events a prospective applicant can attend,” Yang said. “It’s an early preview of what Fresno State will be like for them next fall. Historically, nearly 90% of students who attend Preview Day end up enrolling in the fall semester, and this is the result of the collaboration of everyone from the Fresno State community.”
The event will be promoted on social medal with the hashtag #FSpreviewday. Parking is free on weekends.
“Preview Day is an educational event that provides prospective students and their families with an opportunity to learn more about the university,” said Lian Vang, a recruitment counselor with the Office of Undergraduate Student Recruitment. “The day is filled with lots of activities and workshops such as campus and facility tours, financial aid workshop, assistance with accepting your admission to Fresno State, Dog Days, Dream Outreach, Transfer and First-Time Freshmen workshops, just to name a few.”
For more information, contact Undergraduate Student Recruitment at 559.278.2048.