CU Denver Student Ambassadors
About a dozen CU Denver Student Ambassadors, including this group, helped at the record-setting Preview Day on Oct. 16. Photos by Matt Kaskavitch.

A record 380 high school seniors and their parents attended CU Denver Preview Day on Friday, Oct. 16.

The students and their parents enjoyed breakfast, campus tours, informational sessions, mock lectures, and one-on-one attention from admissions and outreach staff.

“It was a great turnout,” said Anthony Fontana, associate director of admissions. “It was an opportunity for students and parents to explore the university and learn a bit more about the opportunities here.”

The campus tours included the Student Commons Building, Tivoli Student Union and Campus Village Apartments. CU Denver faculty members provided mock lectures on sports management, chemistry, philosophy, public health, art history and bioengineering.

CU Denver instructor Darryl Mehring
Darryl Mehring, a senior instructor in the CU Denver Philosophy Department, gives a mock lecture at Preview Day.

Preview Day participants got to choose from several 45-minutes information sessions to attend. Workshops included financial aid and financial literacy, honors program, pre-health, choosing a major, first-year experience and a session at the Inworks collaboration space.

“There was a nice variety of topics,” Fontana said. “Regardless of whether students knew what they wanted to major in, they had good options to get more information.”

Current students formed panels and told the prospective students about their CU Denver experience.

“It was a diverse group of Preview Day participants,” Fontana said. Students came from high schools across Colorado as well as from Iowa, New York and Minnesota. The normal $50 application fee was waived for any students who applied during Preview Day. Students received help from admissions and operations staff to ensure that their application would move smoothly through the process.

A dozen Student Ambassadors from admissions helped as part of Preview Day, along with admissions staff. “It was a good showing from staff,” Fontana said. “It was kind of an all-hands-on-deck day, which was really nice to see.”

Catherine Wilson, director of admissions, said it was great to see a packed house at Preview Day. “I’m sure there were several future Lynx in the crowd!”


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