By Sara Foss. Pictures by Art Cox.
Patrick Henry College
Patrick Henry College welcomed record numbers for its third Admitted Students Day last Friday. Forty-four families attended, almost 150 people, necessitating overflow seating and a live video feed to the Barbara Hodel Center Coffeehouse during Friday’s morning chapel. The Office of Admissions reports that the number of student applications is up about 15 percent from last year, and that the number of admitted students is keeping pace with that growth rate, as reflected in the attendance at Enrollment’s frequent prospective and admitted student events.
"PHC's 3rd Annual Admitted Student Day exceeded all our expectations for attendance, enthusiasm, and great Christian fellowship,” reports Assistant VP of Enrollment Bill Kellaris. “With 45 students and over 100 family members coming from 20 states ranging from New Hampshire to Florida and Virginia to California, this first gathering of a significant portion of the PHC Class of 2016 provided encouragement and inspiration to the entire campus community."
He said that the enthusiasm and energy of the members of PHC's Class of 2016 “pervaded the campus all day April 13,” adding that PHC is in store for another entering class characterized by “accomplished new students seeking to maximize their spiritual and academic growth while preparing to lead the nation and shape the culture for Christ here at Patrick Henry College."
Added admissions counselor Aaron Kamakawiwoole, a 2011 PHC graduate, who spent the entire day giving tours, answering questions and making new friends: “The biggest reward you can get from being an admissions counselor is seeing people catch the vision and the fire for your product.” That product, he noted, consists primarily of PHC students and graduates, many of whom interacted Friday with the families of admitted students as they attended classes and chapel, and engaged in a day filled with special events and activities.
"Parents were saying, 'I want that from my student,'” added Kamakawiwoole, describing his excitement at catching a glimpse of the next generation of students at PHC.