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Come discover StFX: Prospective students invited to first annual Open House on Oct. 14

September 26th, 2017
StFX is inviting all prospective students and families to attend its first annual Open House on Oct. 14.

StFX is rolling out the welcome mat and inviting all prospective students and their families to come spend a day on campus on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the university’s first annual Open House.

It’s a great opportunity for prospective students to talk directly with professors and deans about academic programs, see residence rooms, taste campus food, and hear from current students on what life is like at StFX.

“What we’re hoping to achieve is that every student will have every one of their questions answered, that they will see the campus, and meet the people who will be a part of their university experience from beginning to end, including fellow students,” says StFX Academic Vice-President & Provost Dr. Kevin Wamsley.

For students trying to decide on a university, Dr. Wamsley says one of the best things they can do is to experience it firsthand, and to learn about it from those who know it best – the faculty, staff and students.

“We want to welcome you here and show you our campus. It is so important for students to have a sense of what the community feels like and to see if it is the right fit for them. Fit is so important,” he says.

“It’s so important for parents and for students to feel welcome and to know that people are looking out for them.”


The Open House takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and prospective students and their families are encouraged to be at StFX just before the 11 a.m. start for a full day of activity.  

“If you can imagine, you’ll be met at the StFX gate by O-Crew members welcoming you to campus. You’ll be met at your car and directed to Bloomfield Centre where the registration desk is.”

He says the plan is to provide students with an ID card valid for the day, which they can use at various points throughout the day such as at Morrison Hall cafeteria and athletic events.

The Open House will begin with a welcome session and remarks from StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald as well as Dr. Wamsley in the Gerald Schwartz School of Business Auditorium.

This welcome address will be followed by information sessions on the Faculties of Arts, Business and Science held throughout the afternoon at the Schwartz Auditorium.

As well, students are invited to go on hourly campus tours and attend drop-in lab demonstrations across campus.


All academic departments will be represented in the ‘old chapel’ classroom in Mount St. Bernard. Deans and professors will be on hand here to answer any questions and to provide information on each program offered at StFX.

A Student Services Showcase is planned for the MacKay Room in Bloomfield Centre while the MacKay Lounge will host an Academic Services Showcase, where students can learn about finances, scholarships and bursaries as well as academic experiences such as Service Learning, international exchange opportunities, and the Co-op Program. Academic advisors will be on hand, and students can even apply to StFX while on site.

Upstairs in the Bloomfield Council Chambers, members of the StFX Students’ Union will give regular presentations on what it’s like to be a student at StFX.

All attendees will receive a free lunch at Morrison Hall and will be able to attend athletic events happening on campus that day.

Dr. Wamsley says it’s a day to discover all that StFX has to offer.  

Students and families can register for the Open House in advance. While not necessary, it is advised as it provides access to a university app and other useful information for the day.

StFX is also well known for its personalized individual tour program and Dr. Wamsley says if students are able they’re encouraged to come back for an individual tour as well.

For those who have already decided on StFX, they can apply online by October 10th and receive a decision on their application when they arrive for the StFX Open House. Some conditions apply.

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