Concordia opens its doors

Prospective students welcomed on campus during Open House
October 9, 2012
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By Tom Peacock

Every year, Concordia kicks open its doors and invites prospective students to explore its numerous faculties and departments during a jam-packed, one-day event known as Open House.

This year, the university’s doors will be open to the public on Saturday, October 27, and as always, an army of recruitment officers and volunteers will offer presentations, campus tours and information sessions on everything to do with life at Concordia.

Visitors might want to kick off their Open House experience by attending one of the general presentations hosted by the Office of Recruitment, taking place in the J.A. DeSève Cinema.

“These sessions will provide an overview of Concordia: admissions, academic programs, housing, co-op, study abroad, and a host of other programs and services,” says Candace Jacobs, coordinator of marketing and communications for Concordia’s Office of Recruitment. “It’s a good starting point for students who are thinking of applying and want an overall summary of the university.”

Visitors can also stop by the Birks Student Service Centre, where recruiters will be available to help them plan their day, based around their areas of interest. 

Faculty-specific presentations will take place throughout the day on both campuses. “The goal of these is to give prospective students a glimpse into the various programs,” Jacobs explains, adding that professors from some of the departments will either present or be available to take questions.

To complement its departments’ presentations, the Faculty of Arts and Science will also offer a series of mini lectures, designed to give future university students a taste of what it will be like for them to attend classes. Other faculties will complement their presentations with various activities. For example, the Faculty of Fine Arts will host dance workshops and music performances.

Fine Arts also presents its Portfolio Day every year at Open House. This is a chance for young artists who might want to enroll in the program to get some valuable feedback on their portfolios from faculty members.

Concordia’s Counselling and Development will offer a special workshop designed to help those about to begin their university education decide on the right programs, based on their career goals. The session, titled Career Planning Demystified: Matching Educational and Career Goals, will also introduce visitors to all the career and academic guidance resources available at Concordia.

For those who may be interested in staying in one of Concordia’s available residences, tours of the facilities will take place throughout the day — a great opportunity for prospective students to check out the digs before signing on the dotted line, Jacobs says.

Information tables from the school’s numerous departments and programs will be set up in the lobbies of three buildings downtown: The John Molson School of Business Building (MB), The Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV) and the J.W. McConnell Building (LB), as well as the Richard J. Renaud Science Complex (SP) on the Loyola Campus.

There is no registration for Open House. Those interested in attending the one-day event need only show up.

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Where: Multiple sites on Concordia’s downtown and Loyola campuses

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