Utica College will host its annual Fall Open House this Friday, Nov. 10.
“This is a perfect opportunity for high school juniors, seniors and community college students to visit UC,” said Jessica Nelson, executive director of admissions. There will be tours of campus, including the high-tech laboratories where cybersecurity students learn the techniques of forensic investigation, the fully-HD Simon Convergence Media Center and college radio station, nursing and PT labs, and more. Every major will be represented, Nelson said.
“Some of the benefits of attending Utica College,” said Donna Shaffner, assistant vice president for enrollment management, “are that each student has an academic navigator, financial aid advocate, and access to career services, ensuring that our students will be successful in the classroom and successful in life.”
“We find that families are looking at college education as an investment, and that private colleges providing career-driven bachelors’ degrees are in high demand,” Shaffner said.
Nelson said that for the last three years, UC has received a record number of freshman applications for undergraduate admission.
The increase, Nelson said, is a clear sign that UC’s brand and reputation continue to grow stronger. This was also the second year of the college’s tuition reset, announced in 2015 and taking effect in 2016. “People who may have taken Utica off their list because of the sticker price are now giving us a second look,” Nelson said. “What we have done is to make the whole tuition process much more understandable and transparent.”
In addition, the college offers many very popular programs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, cybersecurity, criminal justice, fraud and financial crime investigation, and health studies, Nelson said. Other in-demand majors include nutrition, wellness and adventure education, construction management and education. New this year is the Criminal Investigative Analysis (CIA) major.
Applications come from each of the 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii, Nelson said, although the majority of students hail from the Northeast. More students are taking advantage of early decision and early action, as well. Transfer applications have also been up, in contrast with the trend across the nation.
Check-in is at 9 a.m. in the Clark Athletic Center, followed by a welcome and student internship panel presentation. There will be a majors fair and financial aid session, followed by an interactive application completion session.
For more information or to register, please visit http://www.utica.edu/events