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Visitor Services To Host Free Event For Prospective Students

Sept. 13, 2021
SHSU Media Contact: Hannah Crandall

SHSU Tour Guide Posing on CampusProviding prospective or future students a glimpse into what Sam Houston State University has to offer, Saturday@Sam is scheduled for Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and registration is currently open. This free event is designed to help prospective students and their families make an informed college decision.

“The day really does offer pretty much everything from academic presentations to student service offices being open to talk with,” said Benjamin Cantu, Associate Director of Visitor Services. “We have an info fair where our student orgs, student service areas like rec sports, the library and many more offices showcase what they offer students. It’s just a little snippet of what it’s like to be a student at Sam Houston.”

With the first in-person Saturday@Sam since 2019, each college will host an academic overview that serves to help students decide if that college may be right for them. During the event, nearly all student service offices will be open to answer any questions about the process of attending SHSU. There has also been an increase in requests from organizations or departments on campus to do breakout sessions.

“Not seeing the university in person makes it really hard to decide on a college,” Cantu said. “By bringing back our in-person events, we want the student to see if Sam Houston is going to be their home, and this allows them to do that.”

Students on SHSU CampusWhen registering for the event, prospective students can choose two academic overviews to attend. After the two academic overviews, most of the colleges will offer an academic showcase that gives participants the chance to dive deeper into the majors in each college and what they may want to pursue.

“For example, while Criminal Justice is one big college, they have some really distinctive majors within their programs,” Cantu said. “That showcase, which is later in the day, will really highlight those programs, like the Victim Studies major or the masters in Forensics Science program.”

Event attendees are encouraged to invite their friends and bring guests or anyone who is interested. This year’s Saturday@Sam will provide helpful, engaging information in person while still offering ways to social distance, as well.

“We can host as many people as we need to, and pretty much the entire campus is open,” Cantu said. “Participants don’t have to worry about standing near others throughout the day, either. They can go almost wherever they want and talk with university faculty and staff to get a better feel for the university, all while being socially distant if they want to be.”

To request more information and register for the event, visit https://www.shsu.edu/dept/visitors/saturday.html.

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