By TODD GOTTULA
KEARNEY – First impressions. The campus experience. Student success stories.
When it comes to hosting campus visits for prospective students, the University of Nebraska at Kearney Admissions Office maintains its focus on those three areas.
Sure, UNK campus tours are also about student recruitment and growing enrollment. They also are about sharing plenty of information with moms and dads.
But stripped down, UNK Admissions staff and student diplomats who lead tours have 2.5 hours to sell UNK and make a great first impression.
“We want our students giving tours to share their stories, talk about their successes here and what they like about UNK,” said Director of Admissions Dusty Newton. “High school students want to know everything about the campus experience, and there’s nobody better to share that information than our current students.”
Twenty-three student diplomats lead campus visits at UNK this spring, which are offered twice a day at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
In addition to walking tours of campus, prospective students meet with faculty in their intended majors or areas of academic interest. Financial aid appointments, meetings with coaches – even an opportunity to dine on campus – are among other offerings.
“So often, our campus visits are the first impressions people get of UNK,” Newton said. “We’re always excited to show off everything happening here and just let people see all that UNK has to offer.”
UNK News and Communications office recently spent a morning with UNK Admissions on a campus visit. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at one tour, through the lens of photographer Corbey R. Dorsey:
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