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Appalachian Open House Showcases University Experience

BOONE – On Saturday, April 16, prospective students and their parents can sample university life at Appalachian State University’s 2005 Spring Open House. Open House will provide an opportunity for people to experience the academic and social benefits of a college career at Appalachian. Visitors will also see the faculty, staff and facilities that have made the university well-respected.

“Our campus is very warm and welcoming, and Open House showcases our academic and co-curricular activities,” said Misti Reese, associate director of admissions. Appalachian holds spring and fall open houses, each of which attracts approximately 3,500 visitors.

Reese says she credits the support of the campus community for making Open House a success.

“Because it’s a university-wide experience, (Open House) is a wonderful time to visit Appalachian,” said Reese. “There’s an energy on campus that people can see.”

There are four major parts of the Open House. Each of the following events takes place on April 16:

Information Fair

9:30 a.m. to noon.

The Information Fair is held on the arena floor of Holmes Convocation

Center. Representatives from many areas of the university and all

academic departments that have undergraduate majors will be present to

answer questions and provide information.

Campus Tours

9:30 a.m. to noon

Campus tours are led by Appalachian Student Ambassadors. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and start at the Holmes Center.

Departmental Open Houses

10:30 a.m. to noon

A number of academic departments have open house activities of their own. Faculty members will be available to answer questions, take visitors on a tour of the department, and provide academic information. Details about departmental open house activities will be available at the Information Fair in the Holmes Center.

Residence Hall Open Houses

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Several residence halls will have rooms available for view. The schedule of activities will be available at the Information Fair in the Holmes Center.

Parking for the event is free in the Hill Street, Thomas Hall and Edwin Duncan/Raley Hall lots. Disability parking will be available in the Holmes Center parking lot. A shuttle service will be provided from the Hill Street and Raley Hall parking areas.

For more information about Spring Open House, visit the Office of Admissions’ Web site at The admissions office can be reached by phone at 828-262-2120, or by e-mail at Reservations are not required to attend Open House events.