By Ryan Fitzgerald – Co-Editor-in-Chief
This year’s Lasell Day, held on March 26, brought approximately 400 prospective students, their families, and friends to visit the campus. According to Dean of Admissions Jim Tweed, by the end of the day, 25 students had made the decision to enroll at Lasell.
“The biggest feedback we get is students choosing to enroll,” said Tweed. “Students who are ready to make an impact on day one are awesome. You only get four years, so why wait?”
Student numbers have risen in recent years according to Tweed. “The class that is graduating this year is one of the largest classes we’ve had,” he said. “The college is retaining more students and more students are choosing to live on campus as well.”
Before the day kicked off, a recruited athlete breakfast was held where students had the opportunity to speak with coaches of their respective sport. “We do a special breakfast where student athletes can settle in, ask coaches any questions, and they possibly commit to the team and school,” said Tweed.
A welcome message was given by President Michael Alexander at 10 a.m., and a pep rally featured performances from the cheerleaders and the Pulse Dance Team. Academic presentations were held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Special presentations such as life outside the classroom, financial planning, and internship and career services took up the bulk of the day, and campus tours were held from 1:00 p.m. until the end of Lasell Day.
For the first time, Lasell Day included a current student-parent panel, where current Lasers and their parents spoke with prospective students and families visiting the campus. This gave visitors the opportunity to talk with actual undergraduates of the school and offer a real perspective.
“This was the first year doing [the panel] and it went great,” said Tweed. “The most important part is that students and families leave thinking this event was really positive. Even if they don’t choose to attend, they’ll tell friends and family about the experience.”
According to Tweed, about 60 percent of students who attend Lasell went to Lasell Day, so it is an especially important day for admissions. The day featured about 200 student volunteers including the rugby team, among other student athletes, directing cars for parking.
“It takes the entire community to put on this event,” said Tweed. “From the cheerleaders, to the dance team, to student volunteers; prospective students come here to see them.”