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Oct. 24, 2008
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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Record number of students participate in Explore Eastern program

YPSILANTI — More than 900 prospective students and their family members visited Eastern Michigan University recently for the Explore Eastern program, setting a new record in the program’s 25-year history.

The previous record was 693 students and approximately 1,400 guests in 2007.

“We had 524 students turn in an application,” said Kathy Orschelin, director of admissions. “The previous high was 237 students.”

“Our admissions advisers face-to-face messages about the program while at the high schools and community colleges, coupled with a strong marketing campaign, all came together to make sure our prospective students could hear about this event in whatever medium they prefer to use,” Orschelin said.

Orschelin said admissions advisers were telling her weeks in advance that there would be a large turnout.

“In addition to our staff, we recruited colleagues from around campus to help us. It took the whole campus to make the day the success it was,” Orschelin said. “Next year we’ll recruit even more help as we look to provide the best, most individual service we can to our prospective students and their parents.”

Explore Eastern showcases the University to students and their families. For additional information about Explore Eastern or other EMU visit opportunities, go to http://www.emich.edu/admissions/visit_programs/index.php


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