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Welcoming the next generation of Athenians

Admitted students get a first-hand look at the Mount experience

April 6, 2022

The Mount Saint Mary’s University community welcomed over 850 guests to the Chalon campus on Sunday, April 3, for its annual Admitted Athenians Day event.

Students who have received letters of admission from the University, along with members of their family, had the opportunity to tour the campus and connect with current Mount students, faculty and staff to learn more about the academic experience at MSMU. Student clubs, academic departments and on-campus organizations provided information and entertainment to the prospective students.

Over 250 high school seniors and their families visited the Chalon campus at Mount Saint Mary’s.
Over 250 high school seniors and their families visited the Chalon campus at Mount Saint Mary’s.

“At Mount Saint Mary’s, our mission is to help develop strong, ethical and visionary leaders,” said MSMU President Ann McElaney-Johnson, PhD. “We care deeply about every student who makes a decision to come to the Mount, and our commitment is to provide a transformational academic experience that will help them achieve their goals.”

Admitted students and their families traveled from all corners of the country to get an up-close look at life at the Mount. After learning more about the different opportunities that the University has to offer, many students decided to officially accept their Mount’s admission offer during the event, even though admitted students have until May 1 to decide.

“I’m committing today, and I’m continuing the family legacy since I have relatives who studied at the Mount,” said Elisa Valdovinos, an admitted student from Downey, California, who will start her studies in criminology this fall. “Even though I’ve toured other schools, I always felt in my heart that I was going to come here. I just feel like it’s the perfect fit for me.”

Parents were also excited and grateful for the opportunity to visit their children’s prospective University where they could spend the next four years. “My wife and I are very proud of our daughter Mariella because she’s the first in our family to go to college. We are very happy that she’s been admitted to Mount Saint Mary’s since we have excellent references from this university,” said Jose Luis Silvestre.

Admitted students enjoyed fun activities and snacks during the event.
Admitted students enjoyed fun activities and snacks during the event.

During the event, Susan Dileno, vice president for enrollment management, explained that new Mount students get assigned a success coach who helps them navigate their transition to college during their first year. “We know how challenging this transition can be and we are here to support our students along the way with academic advice, countless campus life opportunities and a community of care,” Dileno said. She also pointed out that an astonishing 30% of this year’s admitted students have a GPA of 4.0. “This really shows how truly unstoppable the next generation of Athenians is.”

This year’s gathering was particularly special for the many current students, faculty and staff who participated, since it was the first in-person event to celebrate admitted students in the last three years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.