Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

High School Students, Families Visit StFX for First-Ever Campus Open House

October 14th, 2017
Propsective StFX students and their families depart the Schwartz School of Business to check out the many events and activities taking place at StFX's first-ever campus open house, Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

Over 400 high school students, parents, friends and family members visited the StFX campus today, Saturday, October 14, for the university’s first-ever campus open house.

Filled with fun and informative activities, the day was an opportunity for attendees to step into the shoes of a StFX student and see first-hand what their lives at university will look like if they choose to attend StFX.

The day kicked off with a welcome session in the Gerald Schwartz School of Business, including some words of encouragement from StFX leaders.

“This is your day to ask questions of everyone you meet,” said Dr. Kevin Wamsley, Academic Vice-President and Provost at StFX. “You need all the answers to make an informed decision.

“And we would love to see you here in September!”

Prospective students and their families enjoyed a complimentary meal at Morrison Hall and activities including campus tours, an academic fair with faculty representatives from all departments, Q&A sessions with StFX’s business, arts and science faculties, and showcases for both student and academic support services. Individual departments also hosted workshops and demonstrations throughout the day, giving prospective students an opportunity to see some of the exciting research and programs taking place at StFX.

There were also many shouts of excitement as students who applied to StFX before the open house received decisions confirming their acceptance for September 2018.

For prospective students – many of whom travelled out-of-province for the event – the day affirmed their excitement for StFX.

“It’s been really cool to see the campus,” said Sarah Simon, a grade 12 student from Saint John, New Brunswick.

“I really liked learning about all the different programs – and seeing the people cheering in pink shirts!” added Mollie Holt, also a grade 12 student from Saint John, referring to the StFX O-Crew who kept energy high throughout the day with cheers and celebrations.

Both Sarah and Mollie said they were particularly interested in the university’s new Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to health studies, drawing on knowledge from scientific, social and humanistic fields.

They also said that, with the experience they had at the open house, Saturday’s visit to StFX likely won’t be their last.

“There’s a pretty great chance I’m going to come here,” said Mollie, as Sarah nodded in agreement.

Prospective students who missed the open house can still arrange a personalized campus tour through StFX’s Welcome Centre by emailing visit@stfx.ca or by phoning 902-867-4964.

Those who are ready to apply to StFX for an unforgettable university experience can do so by visiting www.StFX.ca/Apply.    

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