November 2017

Just for Families

Experience New College Gives Prospective Students a Taste of Campus Life
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More than 170 prospective students and their guests – some 300 people in all – spent Saturday, Nov. 18, on campus for Experience New College, an expanded and reimagined open house event.

Visitors gathered at Sudakoff for a welcome message from President Don O’Shea, and soon broke up into groups for campus tours and a variety of miniclasses, on topics like “Sustainable Development,” “Dolphin Communication” and “Inequality in America.”

There also were special sessions offering students critiques of their college application essays, guidance on financial aid, an overview of residence life and a campus activities fair, where visitors learned about student activities and community organizations presented their programs. One popular group: Sarasota Jungle Gardens, which brought along a petting zoo.

Joy Hamm, dean of admissions and financial aid, said the event was a success. “It was professional and polished, but it still had the flavor of New College,” she said.

The only complaint: “Why couldn’t the day have been longer?”

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