So you’ve been accepted at Plymouth State and maybe elsewhere. Congratulations! You’re one step closer to your amazing college experience. At this point, you may have already attended an Open House or toured campuses either in-person or virtually, and now you might be bombarded with invitations to an event called “Accepted Students Day,” “Preview Day,” or something similar.
Even if you’re convinced that you already know everything about each institution on your list, here are the top three reasons why attending an accepted student event—even virtually—is a good idea.
- To meet other accepted students!
Before choosing your home for the next few years, you need to know if you “vibe” with other members of the incoming class and whether the student body at this institution could be “your people,” if you will. Once you make your decision this opportunity will likely only come around again at summer orientations, so it’s smart to take advantage now.
- For a more in-depth look at your program of study
You may have already attended an information session pertaining to your major of interest at an Open House or another event recruitment event, but consider this an even deeper dive and chance to receive some alternative perspectives from other faculty members teaching in your program, or even from current students. The number of prospective students attending these sessions with you is guaranteed to be smaller at accepted student events than at an Open House or other event, which will make the conversation more personal and valuable.
- As a sneak-peek on your summer
Typical topics at accepted student events include the anticipated summer timeline and activities as you transition to your chosen college. This information will likely be brand-new to you and therefore very important. A few of the many next steps you can expect throughout the summer are activating your student portal, registering for classes, accessing your housing assignment (if applicable), and paying your bill.
If you are on the fence about your final college decision or just want to ensure that the choice you may have already made is the right one, then consider registering for one or more accepted student events as soon as possible. Parents and other family members are always welcome to join with you and it is truly time well spent.
Danielle Blondin is assistant director of admission at Plymouth State, where she is finishing up her fourth year working with future Panthers from the greater Boston area. Danielle has been a proud member of the PSU Admissions Office since graduating from Fitchburg State University in 2016, and is a Panther herself after earning her master of arts degree in human relations from PSU in 2020. When not on the road recruiting, Danielle can be found writing for the PSU enrollment blog, on a boat on Lake Winnipesaukee, or practicing her yoga poses.