More than 45 high school students and their families from the tri-state area visited the Troy Campus Monday as part of the bi-annual Worldwide Open House event. To give as many students as possible the opportunity to apply at no cost, the event has been extended online through Friday, Nov. 3.
Held both virtually and in-person at TROY’s Alabama campuses and other satellite locations across the South, prospective students had the opportunity to gain unique access to information about academic programs, scholarships, federal financial aid, transferring credits, choosing a career and much more.
“Open House allows prospective students to learn all things TROY,” said Kerry Strickland, Coordinator of Campus Experiences. “Students and their families gained insight into scholarships, housing, organizations and student life here during their time on campus. We want to allow each student to fully picture themselves at TROY!”
For the virtual event, students had the option to receive personalized information based on attending the Troy Campus, other campuses or TROY Online and if they are an international student.
For the in-person event, Trojan Ambassadors lead students and their families on a tour of the Troy Campus featuring the student-only recreation center, the dining hall, Trojan Center, academic buildings, dorms and more. After completing the tour, the groups came back to the Admissions office for an in-depth admissions presentation.
“Giving potential students and their families the chance to see our beautiful campus and learn about what their time as a student could look like is always encouraging,” said Korrie Lynn Williamson, Senior Director of Enrollment Services. “But, seeing their excitement of really feeling at home is what brings the most joy to my team. Admissions is a full-circle moment, so seeing their journey start here at events like this is only the start of seeing them get to that graduation stage. Events like Open House truly let us live out our passion of serving students.”
Mackenzie Keeton, a senior from Scottsboro, Alabama, who has already committed to TROY, used Worldwide Open House as another opportunity to view the campus before attending next fall.
Keeton said she first heard about TROY at a high school college fair. After meeting with Jacob Brown, a recruiter in the Admissions office, she “fell in love” with the University. With goals of studying early childhood education and being a member of the Student Government Association, Keeton said coming back for Open House answered all of her questions and reaffirmed her college decision.
“I already knew I wanted to come to TROY, so this was just another tour to make sure that I feel comfortable on campus and see everything,” she said. “I first visited during Trojan Day, and I thought the campus was really pretty and everybody was really nice. Everybody was friends with each other and you kind of just clicked with everybody in your group.”
Her father, Myles, said he felt like she made the right decision and was reassured of her safety after seeing more of the campus, especially the dorm areas.
“I really like the campus. I was kind of nervous at first,” he said. “But I like the rooms. They kind of have it to themselves—it’s not like people are just coming in and out or anything like that. It’s definitely secure. I’m proud for her. I think she made the right choice. It’s a big step, but she’ll be alright.”
The online event has been extended and application fees waived until 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, Nov. 3.