No gimmicks: World Open Day, application exemption extended for today only

High school students from across Alabama, Georgia, Florida and as far away as Arizona visited the Troy Campus on Wednesday as part of the biannual Worldwide Open House event. In order for as many students as possible to apply, the event was extended to today only.

Held virtually October 26-29 and in person on the Troy Campus for one day only, prospective students had the opportunity to gain unique access to faculty experts, information about academic programs, scholarships, federal financial aid, credit transfer, career choices and much more another one.

The event is divided into three sections: in person at the Troy Campus for students interested in attending in person in Troy, Ala.; virtually for non-traditional online students and students from other TROY campuses; and practically for foreign students.

In addition to the virtual events, a number of live sessions were held online, including: International Admissions, Financial Aid, Non-Traditional Admissions and Traditional Admissions.

“Open House is an event our admissions team looks forward to every semester! While we welcome visitors on weekdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Open House is different,” said Korrie Lynn Williamson, Senior Director of Enrollment Services. “The open house allows us to share detailed information and steps for potential students to become a Trojan. Our office doors are always open, but to have so many students on campus looking at their hopeful future home increases our Trojan pride in times like these.”

After a detailed admissions presentation, students and their families toured the Troy campus with its newly constructed student-only recreation center, dining hall, Troy Center, academic buildings, residence halls and more.

Kirah Lawson, a senior from Hartford, Alabama, found out her application had been accepted en route.

“I just found out I got accepted at the crossing, so I’m here to look at colleges and find out where I’m going to go to school,” she said. “My cousin went here and my aunt said it was a really good school, and I had also heard from many other people how good TROY was, so I wanted to try it out and see for myself. So far, I think I made the right decision.”

Although Lawson is familiar with the campus from participating in the Honor Band competition this semester, she said she is excited about the official tour.

“I haven’t officially traveled yet, so I’m looking forward to seeing the dormitories and the music hall,” she said. “I originally wanted to study pre-biology, but now I’m going to study music education.”

The Trojan Ambassador leads a tour group to view Rushing Hall during the Worldwide Open House.
A Troy ambassador leads a tour group to tour Rushing Hall during the Worldwide Open House held Wednesday, Oct. 26, on the Troy campus.

Chase Dawson, a high school graduate from Chandler, Arizona, met TROY after spending breaks with his grandparents in Prattville, Alabama. He and his grandfather, Larry Puckett, attended the morning tour, and Dawson said he was most impressed by the people and the student recreation center.

“I’ve been driving through Troy a lot and I love the campus and how beautiful it is, so I’m really excited to be here,” he said. “I was really surprised how welcoming people were. All the professors we met, the students in the dorms, the guides, they were all amazing people and very nice. I am excited about the rec center. I love working out and playing basketball, and this is the nicest place I’ve ever been.”

Interested in business and marketing, along with potentially communications and sports management, Dawson visited the department at Dr. Charly Brown to learn more about business courses and choosing a major.

“Dr. Brown was very nice. She explained what the basic business courses are and how after you finish them you can branch out into other areas you might be interested in, like marketing or business or management,” he said. “It’s very cool program.”

Despite being far from home, Dawson said he is excited about the opportunities that await him at TROY.

“I will miss my parents and four siblings and it will definitely be an adjustment, but I am looking forward to it. It’s my opportunity to grow,” he said. “I’m grateful to be here and to my grandfather for setting this up for me.

For Puckett, he’s just glad his grandson is still around while still getting the full college experience and sense of independence that comes with it.

“It’s close enough for us to be here in an hour, but still has enough room to spread its wings and learn to fly,” he said.

Students who missed the Open Day have one more opportunity today only join the fun! Admissions staff from all TROY locations will be available online to answer questions and help prospective students get started on their goals.

Virtual meetings are available throughout the day for Troy Campus students, non-traditional students and international students at troy.edu/openhouse.

The application fee waiver is available for today only.

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