During Experience WSU, we introduced potential future students to the many events our department hosts throughout the semester. We participated in the four events WSU held throughout the semester. The events were open to any student who had been offered admission for Fall 2018. The College of Arts and Sciences delivered presentations for the Humanities/Social Sciences; Biological Sciences; Physical Sciences; and School of the Environment. Our faculty painted a picture of what it is like to be a student in our department.
Future Cougars of Distinction
Future Cougars of Distinction is an invitation-only program for top achieving scholars with freshman standing. We told students about the quality of degree programs our department offers, and shared with them the many opportunities they have to grow academically, professionally, and personally while pursuing a degree they are passionate about while at WSU.
Future Cougars Embracing Diversity
Future Cougars Embracing Diversity is an important recruitment fair for our department. This event allows underrepresented students to see firsthand all that WSU has to offer. The department provides guidance to students who may not be native English speakers. Our diversity enables us to better understand and answer questions from students who might need a little extra encouragement and support.
Out-of-State Experience WSU
Out-of-State Experience WSU was held exclusively for out-of-state students. It can be a little overwhelming for non-Washington prospective students to visit the Pacific Northwest. Our faculty and staff reassure students and their families that the department offers considerable opportunities for pursuing a major or minor in one of our nine offered languages, faculty-led study abroad programs, one-on-one peer tutoring, and scholarships. WSU may be located in small Whitman County, but our goal is for our students to achieve greatness wherever they go post-graduation.
Foreign Language Day
In March, we had the pleasure of hosting about 250 high school students and teachers across six high schools from central and eastern Washington—including Colville, Shadle Park, Walla Walla, Pullman, North Central, and Saint George—for our largest department-sponsored recruitment event, Foreign Language Day. Faculty and staff spoke about the department and provided prospective students with an idea of what it would look like if they came to WSU. To kick off the event, we invited WSU student affairs offices to host an academic resource fair. They included International Programs, Admissions, Student Recreation, Access Equity and Achievement, and the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life.
The highlight of this event were six language presentations, including Spanish, Chinese, Russian, French, Japanese, and German, presented in a “TED talk” format in English. Students had the opportunity to learn about six of the nine languages offered by our experienced and engaging faculty.
One of the most popular parts of this event is our study abroad student panel, in which we ask six undergraduate students who have studied abroad to describe their experiences in other countries. Students in the audience are able to ask questions to the panel to learn even more.
This year, we launched a social media campaign specifically for this event and intended to increase the number of high school students who follow our social media pages. Our campaign ended the event with a raffle for one lucky high school student to win a “Coug-fan starter basket,” which contained a variety of WSU swag to jump-start their passion for WSU and allow them to proudly represent us upon returning home.
Preview for Juniors
Preview for Juniors is an event for high school juniors who want to learn more about WSU and what the University has to offer. The prospective students’ day began at Beasley Coliseum for an academic fair and our faculty representatives were on hand with all of the CAS departments to interact with students, answer questions, and provide them with information to let them know what we can offer them if they decide to attend WSU.