Saint Mary's student population increased by 188 last week. On March 16 and 17 SMC played host to scores of students who have been admitted with Honors to the College. The number of attendees, many with their parents, easily shattered last year's record of 130.

The potential future Gaels toured academic buildings, hiked to the Cross, took in the movie "The Blind Side," spent the night and attended classes among other activities.

Results from an exit survey by the admissions department showed that a whopping 90 percent of student attendees and more than 94 percent of parent attendees rated the Saint Mary's program as either good or excellent.

The following are a few observations from students who participated in SMC's Honor Overnight program:

"The opportunity to speak with students about SMC in an informal setting was invaluable."

"I think my favorite part was just getting to meet new people: current students, prospective students, and professors."

"It was a great opportunity to experience what college will be like."

"I'm so thrilled that the professors aren't just standing in front of a hundred students, lecturing for the whole class. They actually know every student by name."

"My previous visits were excellent (science and beyond as well as a tour and open house), but I think I liked this visit even more because I was able to interact with current students and was able to shadow them and really "live the life of a Gael"!"

The success of the program was due largely to current Saint Mary's students, faculty and staff who provided for our visitors with professionalism and grace.

- Kevin Miller
Regional Associate Director of Admissions

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