BHSU open houses offer sneak peak at campus, academic setting

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, October 16, 2014/Categories: 2014

           Colby Smith, 2014 Black Hills State University graduate, gives a tour of BHSU during an open house last spring. BHSU will host two open houses this fall. They are Saturday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 15.
           Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences at BHSU, talks with visitors about the college during an open house event. BHSU will host two open houses this fall. They are Saturday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 15.

The Black Hills State University Office of Admissions will hold two open houses this fall, offering opportunities for new and potential students to tour campus, visit with professors and get a glimpse of college life.

The open houses are set for Saturday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 15. Students that plan to attend the open house should register online at

Beth Oaks, director of admissions at BHSU, said an open house offers potential students the opportunity to experience what it&rsquos like to be a student at BHSU.

"Students should come with questions in mind," Oaks said. "If they&rsquove been scoping out the college and they have specific questions in mind that&rsquos helpful as opposed to leaving campus with a lot of questions unanswered."

The BHSU open houses include campus and residence hall tours, including an opportunity to view progress on the new Crow Peak Hall which will open this summer, an academic and campus resources fair and specialized academic breakout sessions. The full schedule of events includes:

&middot 8:30 a.m. - Check-in at Clare and Josef Meier Hall

&middot 9 a.m. - Discover BHSU: Learn about academic programs, admission requirements, financial aid

&middot 9:30 a.m. - Campus tour

&middot 11 a.m. - Lunch at The Hive

&middot Noon - Academic breakout sessions

&middot 12:30 p.m. - Ice Cream Social, photo booth and check-out

The academic breakout sessions allow students to explore majors that are of interest to them and meet with students and professors in those fields.

Liz Diers, assistant professor of accounting at BHSU, said she encourages students to meet the professors and take advantage of the specialized tours provided to them.

"Students will get the bigger picture attending open houses," Diers said. "I tell students to keep an open mind. They might have a real interest in a certain area, but in an open house setting, they will get exposed to a lot more potential career fields."

"Sometimes you just don&rsquot know where to start," Diers added. "An open house gives you that framework. Here&rsquos what BHSU has to offer. Make a connection with who you talk to. Get information and set up a follow-up visit."

The open house is geared toward juniors and seniors in high school, but Oaks said all students are welcome.

Diers added that it&rsquos crucial for students to start college planning early in their high school career.

"Students should start looking at colleges and just talking to universities to get general information as soon as possible," Diers said. "There&rsquos no professor that would be averse to being contacted even to just talk about what it means to go to college and what is expected in the classroom setting."

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