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By Felicia Krieg
At SUNY Plattsburgh’s first Spring Open House, about 250 prospective students toured campus and learned about academic offerings, student organizations and campus life.
Registration is now open for the second Spring Open House session, set for Saturday, April 22.
The programs include a general presentation and student panel followed by major-specific information sessions with faculty and department chairs, an academic and student services fair and student-led campus tours, which include the residence halls.
“It was everything I expected but more,” said Yaa Dansoh of the Bronx as she sat near current SUNY Plattsburgh students who were by displays for their clubs and organizations. “The students are very open and welcoming.”
Dansoh attends high school at Manhattan Village Academy. So does Isabel Vargas of Queens, who also attended Open House.
Vargas liked how campus seemed “laid back” compared to the fast pace of life in New York City.
Having visited several colleges and universities, Vargas pays special attention to one thing in particular: the “vibe” on campus and how students interact with each other.
Carrie Woodward, director of admissions, said there is no substitute for experiencing campus in person. Attending an Open House allows students and their families to get information first-hand from faculty and staff who answer their specific questions on the spot.
“What really is a deciding factor for our students here at SUNY Plattsburgh was the feel of the place and could they really see themselves here. I don’t think that’s something that you can really adequately assess in a website visit,” Woodward said. “You really need to come, speak with people, see the facilities, walk around and decide for yourself whether it’s going to be the right fit for you.”
Grace Doyle and her family traveled from Highland Mills, N.Y. for Spring Open House.
“I like how there’s a community here and there’s lots to do.”
“I like how there’s a community here and there’s lots to do,” Doyle said. She is especially interested in ski and snowboard club.
Doyle’s mother, Estelle Doyle, said she likes how the campus is centrally located in the City of Plattsburgh. That way, the town’s amenities are more accessible to students.
“It’s kind of like being in the city,” Estelle said.
The varied clubs and other activities available to students are also a plus, she said.
“There’s a diversity in the activities.”
Natalie Whitehurst and her son, Tyler Whitehurst, didn’t have to travel far to Spring Open House since they reside in Plattsburgh.
Tyler is interested in majoring in special education. Given SUNY Plattsburgh’s origin as a teachers’ college, Natalie said the education programs at Plattsburgh rival those of any SUNY school.
“This college feels like a home,” Tyler said.
He liked how students who sat on panel said their faculty advisers were supportive and genuinely wanted to help them achieve their goals.
Natalie said the preconceived notions she had developed about SUNY Plattsburgh as a local all but disappeared once she heard from professors about the academic opportunities available to students and learned about the many student support services the college offers.
“It did it for me,” she said.
Natalie and Tyler said others who live nearby would benefit from a visit to campus.
“Although it’s right next to you, it’s a strong school,” Tyler said.
The Admissions Office is located on the 10th floor of the Kehoe Building.
Phone: (518) 564-2040
Toll-free: (888) 673-0012
Fax: (518) 564-2045
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901