By Miles Macdonald
mmacdonald@my.madonna.edu	
Every year, Madonna University holds an event welcoming prospective students, either looking to transfer from another school or coming out of high school and considering Madonna to continue their education. This year, the event, dubbed MU Visit Day, welcomed anywhere from 150 to 200 students and guests.
The event, held on Saturday, March 16 took place all around campus, with presentations, discussions and tours.
Michael Quattro, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Michael Kenney, Vice President of Planning and Enrollment Management, opened the event and welcomed the students. 
Next, Ernest Nolan, Vice President for Academic Administration, gave an academic overview of Madonna University.
Following the opening remarks, MU Student Ambassadors led groups around campus, showing them the Main Academic building, the Franciscan Center and the Residence Hall.
After the hour-long tour, the students had an opportunity to meet the deans of various colleges. Organized by major, the students were led into different classrooms around campus. Deans and faculty were available to give presentations in each room and gave students a glimpse at the overall program and outlined the majors and minors available
Even students who were undecided had a chance to interact with the energetic Chris Benson, Associate Dean of Academic Advising and First-Year Experience. She gave them some of the different options a student could take when coming to college undecided.
“This year we tried a new format which turned out to be much better than the old format,” said Benson. “This new format was more flexible and gave parents and students more time with faculty and new students.” 
“in our session with the undecided students, we gave the students the experience of actually going into an advisor meeting,” continued Benson. ”This was one of the liveliest and packed visit days we’ve had.”
After meeting the dean and faculty of their potential programs, the students and guests had a chance to actually sit down in the University Dining Hall with the deans and ask questions.
After lunch, the students were split for breakout sessions, Transfer students gathered in the Franciscan Center gathering space to learn about the transfer process at Madonna. 
Meanwhile, the potential first year students and parents remained in S100 to be informed on the first year experience at Madonna University, including first year student orientation, college prep days, University 1010 and collaborative studies.  All these elements help first year students with an easy transition from high school to college and encouraging the formation of friendships with other first year students
Students were then given the chance to attend panel discussions where current Madonna students would share their experience.
In one of the panels, first year students could ask current Madonna students honest questions about what Madonna is really like and why they chose to come to Madonna.
Another discussion was about opportunities and the resources that students could use at Madonna. This panel was more focused on chances to study abroad, and getting help in career services or in the Office of Disability Resources.
After the second breakout session, an information fair was held in the Franciscan Center gathering space. The fair included a variety of the groups and offices that operate on campus. After the fair, MU Visit Day was brought to a close.
“I really enjoyed my day here and am seriously thinking about coming to Madonna,” said Christopher Baum, a prospective first year student interested in Fire Science “I really like the small class size that I haven’t seen in visiting other colleges.” 
For more information on how you can help and be involved in other events like MU Visit Day, visit the office of admission in Room 1001 or the Office of Advising in Room 1111. 
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