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Tech Welcomes H.S. Counselors To Campus

SOCORRO, N.M. March 12, 2015 – Counselor Day is for high school counselors and college advisors to come visit the New Mexico Tech campus Wednesday, April 8. This is the first such event that Tech has hosted in several years.

These visitors will learn about financial aid and scholarships, take a tour of the residence halls, dine in the cafeteria, meet some Techies and faculty, and find out more about the unique opportunities for undergraduates at Tech. These visitors will be on campus from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Associate Director of Admissions Reynaldo Maestas said, “We want to give them a student experience. We wanted to resurrect this event because high school counselors are some of our best recruiters. We’re going to load them up with materials and information they can take back. When they talk to their students, they will know if they are a good fit for Tech.”

The Admission Office is organizing an academic department fair in the third-floor ballrooms of the Fidel Center to close the day. Each academic department will have a table with recruitment information and people to discuss their specialties and requirements. Some academic departments will also offer tours of their labs, classrooms and other facilities, Maestas said.

Visitors will hear presentations from Admission, Financial Aid, and Residential Life offices after having a group breakfast and a welcoming address.

More than 30 counselors have already signed up and Maestas expects at least 50 to attend. So far, the registrants are mostly from Albuquerque schools, with others from Farmington, Las Cruces, Roswell and Santa Fe.

“We thought it was really important to reach out to the college advisors and guidance counselors,” Maestas said. “After they see our campus and meet faculty members and Admission Office staff, they will have a new appreciation for what we do and the sort of student that will feel at home at Tech.”

Maestas said the event is modeled after two successful student recruitment events on campus – Research @ Tech Day in February and Exploration Day in November. Early enrollment numbers show that Tech is well ahead of last year’s record freshman class. More than 310 incoming students have paid their admission fee, well above the 214 paid admissions on March 1, 2013.

Maestas said that, as a result of this event, Albuquerque Public Schools is having their annual spring meeting of school counselors in Socorro as well.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech