After a harrowing winter straight out of the movie Frozen, Montclair State University marked the arrival of spring with Accepted Student Day, the annual campus-wide event for newly accepted students. With record-breaking success last year, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions divided Accepted Student Day across two weekends this year, anticipating even greater attendance. The Admissions team was not disappointed.
Between the two events on March 30 and April 6, over 5,600 accepted students and their guests turned out for presentations on subjects from financing college to making the most of freshman year. The Office of Financial Aid and the Center for Advising and Student Transitions were there to help take some of the mystery out of starting college, and, in one of the more popular presentations, Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life Dr. Karen Pennington spoke about the first year as part of the Montclair State community.
To provide students with the best possible experience, academic presentations by faculty were split between the two events. "Due to the size of this fall's freshman class, we hosted two days instead of one. The students exuded so much energy and spirit, and the campus community was out in full force to support them,” explained Lisa Kasper, Director of Undergraduate Admissions. “You could feel the synergy in every classroom, in every conversation and in every corner of the campus - an amazing feeling that great things are happening here."
Social media played a large role with the Undergraduate Admissions Twitter account providing real-time updates on the day’s schedule and offering suggestions for what guests might participate in next. The Admissions Office was far from the only account posting about Accepted Student Day online. Accepted students turned to social media to express their thoughts about the event, leaving sentiments like, “Today was awesome!! I am totally in love with Montclair State,” and, “Officially committed to Montclair State University in the fall! I couldn’t be any happier!” across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
A wide variety of activities on campus kept visitors busy in between sessions, including campus and residence hall tours; an information fair with representatives from Campus Safety, the LGBTQ Center, Greek Life, and student run organizations; magic by Rick Alves and Anthony Joseph, professional magician and Montclair State freshman; and intricate balloon creations by local balloon artist Jay Jay the Balloon Guy. Tunes provided by Montclair State alumnus DJ Cali Cal entertained guests in the Student Center quad while Mr. Softee handed out almost 1,500 ice cream cones. Amid all the activity, students posed for over 200 pictures with University mascot Rocky the Red Hawk and over 300 commemorative photos at one of the photo booths on campus, ensuring a memorable day for all who attended.