By Oliver Davis
On March 24 the campus opened to incoming students who got to see what their lives will be like once they get to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in the fall.
Approximately 400 high school seniors who plan on attending ERAU were introduced to life on campus and what their respective degree programs look like. A general introduction to the students was made, welcoming them to the school and giving general information about the university as a whole. After that, future Eagles were split up by degree and were able to hear presentations about their colleges.
Following these talks, students and their families were able to eat for free at Earhart’s Dining Hall. During this lunch time, professors and student workers mingled with families and talked to them about the school and Prescott. Students, and their parents especially, appreciated the fact that they were greeted so warmly by members of the campus community. After having heard plenty about what the university had to offer, most topics of conversation at that time were about life in Prescott and what events happened outside of academic related things. Another common question was “Is it really pronounced Preskitt?”.
After lunch with students and faculty, future students had several options. There was a sort of activity fair happening in the quad where students could see the types of organizations that are on campus and what sort of clubs they could join once they arrive in the fall. Many current students made sure to have their own clubs represented at this event so that they can make more of a name for themselves when the new students arrive.
During this same time, tours were being given of various building across campus, most notably the engineering buildings. Tours were being conducted by College of Engineering Campus Academic Mentors (CAMs). This was a time for families to see the facilities we have on campus that their students would have access to upon starting. Many families were surprised to learn that these facilities are available to undergraduate students, whereas similar facilities at larger schools are restricted to graduate students only. Future students were very excited to see some of the projects that current students are working on, especially the Mechanical Engineering: Robotics projects.
One last thing students could do was register early for classes. In designated rooms, CAMs were helping the students figure out what classes they need to take and how to register for them. It is a great opportunity for students to go through this process with people who are experienced in helping with it. This way they are able to properly learn how to do it and able to get advice from current students on class difficulty and scheduling.
Preview Day is a very large event that the school hosts, and this year it was extremely successful in the number of event attendees and the overall positive attendee experience. .