Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.9

January 27, 2005


Open House


This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., hundreds of prospective students will see what Concordia has to offer.

Visitors to the Open House will tour both campuses on Concordia's brightly coloured shuttle buses.

They can talk to representatives from the four faculties and the School of Graduate Studies. Admission and Student Services advisors will also be on site. Young artists can bring their work to the Fine Arts Portfolio Clinic and get expert feedback.

This year, a number of department-specific tours are included, said Pina Greco, manager of operations and special projects at the Office of Student Recruitment.

The Recruitment Office has been announcing the Open House event across the country since September 2004. "Although we don't target them specifically, we do get out-of-province students and students from the U.S.," Greco said.

"Last year we had a little over 2,000 people visiting, so we're hoping to get even more this year. We'll be ecstatic if we can get to 2,500." A live webcast will transmit at

However, this is not the only day the doors of the university are open to future Concordians.

The Welcome Centre, on the first floor of the J.W. McConnell Building, next to the Birks Student Centre, offers what co-ordinator Joanne Spinelli calls a front-line service for scheduled and drop-in visitors.

Besides an abundance of brochures and university publications, the Welcome Centre can provide advisors and tour guides. Prospective students can also sign up for self-guided tours to serve their specific interests.

Students visiting the centre also want to know more about non-academic life at Concordia, Spinelli said. Speaking to current students helps.

“A Student Ambassador is usually present to provide a valuable perspective, which is an important component of the campus tour.”