April 6, 2015

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU Hosts Open House April 11

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University will host an Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.

From prospective students to the university’s neighboring residents, everyone is invited to stop by and discover the extensive academic, cultural and social opportunities available at VSU.

Registration is not required. 

“We are expecting students from all over the country to attend the Open House and learn about the benefits of a degree from Valdosta State,” shared Ryan M. Hogan, associate director of the university’s Office of Admissions.

“We also want to make sure that members of our local community know that they are invited to come see what a complete university experience offers.”

Hogan emphasized that the Open House is not just for high school students. Everyone is welcome, from current college or university students considering a transfer to another institution of higher education to working adults who are interested in expanding their career opportunities by earning or finishing a degree to local residents who just want to meet the university community.

“We want students who have been away from high school for some time, and especially military members and their dependents, to know they are invited to the Open House,” he added.

Arrival and check-in will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the P.E. Complex. Coffee and juice will be served. Following a brief welcome, Open House attendees will visit either the College of the Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration, James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services, or College of Nursing and Health Sciences, based on their area of academic interest. The academic presentations will be followed by a student-led tour of the campus and lunch at Palms Dining.

Open House will conclude with an opportunity to talk to student representatives of the more than 200 social, service, spiritual, academic, political, athletic, cultural, musical and professional organizations on campus and learn more about the many support services available to help students reach their academic, career, and wellness goals. There will also be time for attendees to tour the various colleges on campus, including the Honors College, and ask questions, meet some of the faculty and current students, and take a look around.

For those who do not want to leave VSU following Open House, the Lazy Blazers Softball Team and Blazer Baseball Team will have double headers against the University of West Georgia at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission will be free of charge to all Open House attendees. At 4 p.m., the Alumni Association will have a tailgate in the P.E. Complex parking lot, counting down to the Kip Moore: Coming Home concert at 7:30 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.vstateblazers.com or by calling (229) 333-7328.

Valdosta State University offers both the extensive academic, cultural, and social opportunities of a major university and the small classes and close, personal attention of smaller institutions. It boasts more than 100 degree, certificate, and endorsement programs on campus and online for undergraduate and graduate students. It also has a full menu of extracurricular activities, from national championship baseball, football, softball, tennis, and even debate, teams to honors organizations, sororities and fraternities, intramural sports, academic and service clubs, a symphony orchestra, art and theatre, research opportunities, and more. Even as underclassmen, students file patents on inventions and make life-changing scientific discoveries, present at national and international conferences, publish research in collaboration with their professors, work in campus-based clinics that benefit the community, live and learn at partner institutions around the globe through study abroad — the possibilities are endless.

Contact Ryan M. Hogan at (229) 333-5791 or rmhogan@valdosta.edu to learn more about Open House at Valdosta State University.

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Valdosta State University’s 2013-2019 Strategic Plan represents a renewal of energy and commitment to the foundational principles for comprehensive institutions.

Implementation of the plan’s five goals, along with their accompanying objectives and strategies, supports VSU’s institutional mission and the University System of Georgia’s mission for comprehensive universities. 

The story above demonstrates VSU's commitment to meeting the following goals: 

Goal 1: Recruit, retain, and graduate a quality, diverse student population and prepare students for roles as leaders in a global society.

Goal 3: Promote student, employee, alumni, retiree, and community engagement in our mission.

Visit http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/planning/strategic-plan.php to learn more.