Admitted Student Weekend hosts over 900 students

Admitted Student Weekend is an opportunity for prospective students to see campus. (Lauren Morgan/The News)

Sarah Mead

Staff Writer

Murray State hosted over 900 students this weekend for the second annual Admitted Student Weekend.

Admitted Student Weekend is a recruitment activity planned by the University’s Office of Recruitment. The program is designed to give admitted students the opportunity to connect with future classmates and get a glimpse of Murray State student life.

“Admitted Student events have been offered at MSU for the last 12 years but this was only the second year we have extended the event to cover a whole weekend,” said Beth Acreman, associate director for New Student Programs. “This [event increases] the opportunities to introduce incoming students plus their families and guests to our wonderful campus and community.”

University President Bob Jackson encouraged current students to engage with the event attendees in an email to the student body on Feb. 6, the Thursday prior to the event.

“If you see students and their families around campus, please extend a great big Racer Welcome and assist them when possible,” Jackson said. “Your support and involvement will make a difference.”

Students from over 15 states participated in the wide range of events that were scheduled throughout the weekend.. Admitted students were also encouraged to meet with Murray State faculty and staff, as well as take special tours of campus.

“Getting students on campus during class time is the best form of recruitment in my opinion,” said Mackenzie Trader, agronomy major from Scheller, Illinois. “Parents [and] future racers get to see what happens on a daily basis first hand.”

Admitted Student Weekend activities included lectures, academic sessions in various colleges and the chance for students and their families to meet with Student Financial Services. On Saturday evening, attendees were encouraged to watch hypnotist Tom DeLuca in Lovett Auditorium.

Attendees also received priority registration for Summer Orientation sessions. 

“[Admitted Student Weekend] is the first opportunity for incoming students to register for one of our eight summer orientation sessions,” Acreman said. “We had over 500+ students sign up for Summer O during ASW. Participating in the weekend helps build connections with faculty and staff members that will be involved in their Murray State journey. All these connections help pave the way to a successful transition to college life and allows families and guests to see firsthand how friendly and supportive our campus is.”

Both Acreman and Jackson shared their thanks to the volunteers and members of the faculty, staff and student body who helped make the event possible.

“This type of involvement is what makes Murray State University such a special place and separates us from other universities,” Jackson said. “Thank you for welcoming these students and families to our campus. Go Racers!”