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Prospective Students Days Your Best Visit Opportunity

September 13th, 2010

By Sarah Pride and David Halbrook

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 441-8722
OfficeOfCommunications@phc.edu

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Student life panel from the spring 2010 Admitted Student Day

Stepping onto the Patrick Henry College campus for the first time, many visitors report that they can sense its “special energy.” In the classical term preferred by Provost Dr. Gene Edward Veith, this feeling could just as well be defined as PHC’s ethos. From the elegance of the architecture to the care given to the landscaping, the appearance, or feel, of the facilities reinforces the College’s mission, underscores the positive spirit of the students, and accentuates the excellence of the faculty. The entire campus culture seems focused, in ways casual visitors can tangibly discern, on giving glory to Jesus Christ, who has sustained PHC now for ten years.

Click here to RSVP for a Prospective Students Day.

Justin Jenkins (Government, ’09), PHC’s Admissions Counselor and Campus Visit Coordinator, puts it this way: “The best way to understand Patrick Henry College is to visit.” So with the goal of introducing as many interested high school students as possible to those qualities that make PHC unique, the Office of Admissions has planned six Prospective Students Days through the fall and spring semesters. The first Prospective Students Day is Friday, September 24.

“We envision that these special days will build a balanced view of the academic, spiritual, and social life here at PHC,” shares William Kellaris, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. “We have found in the past that some students have a skewed perspective on who we are and what we have to offer.”

While some students assume that PHC is only for people who were homeschooled, or who are interested in government, Kellaris explains that, on the contrary, “PHC is for any student committed to the person of Jesus Christ and seeking to develop himself or herself as a servant leader while pursuing one of the academic areas we offer.”

The Office of Admissions has opened each Prospective Students Day to a maximum of 15 students and their family members. Attendees will visit chapel and classes and eat lunch in the campus dining commons like any other scheduled day visitor. In addition, they will be able to attend a breakout session for their major of interest, or for the Government: Strategic Intelligence track. They will hear about a number of the College’s extracurricular activities and address their student life questions to a panel of representative students. Parents will be able to interact directly with members of College leadership.

“We expect a certain level of energy and enthusiasm in an event where students all over the country meet PHC along with others who are in the same process of choosing a college!” announces Jenkins.

Through an Open House day scheduled in Fall 2009 and the Admitted Student Day in Spring 2010, Admissions team members welcomed many students to campus, gaining valuable experience in making Prospective Students Day both informative and fun. High school students are encouraged to schedule their visit for one of the six available dates, as it will be one of the best opportunities available to help them determine whether PHC and its education for leadership is the right fit for their college years.

To attend the first Prospective Students Day, Friday, September 24, click here for more information or to RSVP online.