More than 400 admitted students and their parents came to the campus April 5, as part of Spotlight on La Verne at the University. Sponsored annually by the Admissions Office, the event recognized the new students who are accepted at La Verne for the fall. Part of the event involved a luncheon with the students, tours around the campus and booths set up for the different departments and organization at La Verne. Professor of Mathematics Michael Frantz was among the faculty that participated in the Department Fair. Frantz brought math models, including the stellated icosahedron, to attract interested math students.
Choosing the right college to attend can be one of the most difficult and nerve-wracking experiences for young students.
However, with fun activities and personal interactions, the University of La Verne Admissions Department aimed to lessen this anxiety by hosting the annual Spotlight on ULV on April 5.
Spotlight on ULV is an all day event for prospective students who have already been accepted to La Verne and want to know more about the University before making their final decision about where to attend.
It is ULV’s last chance to make an impression on potential new students and possibly sway them to decide to call La Verne their home.
“I love to hear students say that they are definitely attending ULV after they experienced Spotlight day,” said Matthew Rinehart, assistant director of admissions.
“I think that is the most important aspect of the event, and it is why we do this every year.”
The day consisted of informational sessions for parents and students, which were called breakout sessions.
Spotlight team sessions held groups of about five or six people that provided potential students with personal interaction and conversations. An outside lunch as well as a club and department fair were also on display.
One of the most important parts of the day was the Spotlight team sessions that consisted of ice-breaking games, getting to know each other and answering questions that students had.
It is also a way for new students to feel more comfortable with the school, be able to interact with future classmates and meet part of the La Verne family.
“The most rewarding part for me about being a Spotlight leader is knowing that we made a difference in what college the potential students will choose, and the possibility that we could influence their decision to attend ULV,” freshman liberal studies major Rachel deBos said.
Attendees of the event were able to enjoy all that La Verne has to offer, from academics to student life.
As a result, the anxiety was not only quelled for the students but for the parents as well.
They were able to have their questions answered about the several financial aid and academic opportunities the University makes available.
“This day is not only important for the students, but for the parents as well, because they really get to see that they are sending their students to a great place,” said Jessica Martin, admissions representative for ULV.
Spotlight on ULV was once a weekend event called Spotlight Weekend where the students would spend the night.
The weekend was shortened to one day in order to involve the parents more and give more attention to the questions and fears that both parents and students may have about the University.
There have also been more students who have chosen to attend La Verne after Spotlight was changed to a one day event rather than a whole weekend.
“After it was changed to one day there were about 170 students who decided to attend rather than 120 from previous years,” Martin said.
In the end it was the La Verne campus and its small, community-like atmosphere that stood out to most of the students.
Additionally, many were impressed by how the school was presented and the friendly people they came in contact with.
“I like how here, I am more a person than just a number to them, and everyone is so friendly,” said Paul Pridgeon of Damien High School.
“I am excited to get more acquainted with the school.”
Students also liked that the University offers small classes and good student to teacher ratios.
Friendliness and personal interaction seems to be what makes ULV different from other schools that the students were accepted to.
This often makes it the ideal choice for some prospective students.
“I love how everyone here seems to really want you to have a fun college experience as well as get a good education,” said Courtney Harris, a senior at Diamond Ranch High School.
“I like that it’s very personal, and La Verne is definitely my top choice right now,” Harris said.
Overall, the day was a success, not only for parents and students but also for the faculty and Spotlight leaders as well.
There were hundreds of potential students in attendance, and the friendly atmosphere and welcoming attitude caused many of them to possibly choose the University for next semester.
“I think it was incredibly successful, considering the many students who told me they have decided to attend ULV,” Rinehart said.
“A lot of people really enjoyed their time here, so I think we sealed the deal pretty well.”
Natalie Croyt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.