USFSM open house set Thursday, prospective students’ interest grows


Andrew Telatovich, director of admissions at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Andrew Telatovich, director of admissions at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

SARASOTA, Fla. (June 22, 2015) – USF Sarasota-Manatee is seeing larger crowds at its open house events since first admitting freshmen two years ago.

Last June’s open house drew 78 prospective students, a 105-percent boost from the June 2013 event.

“Our open house coming up Thursday will probably be one of our largest events in recent years,” Director of Admissions Andrew Telatovich said, adding that students seeking admission for the fall 2015 semester can still make reservations to attend.

Open Houses are the premier ways universities showcase programs, faculty and campuses to attract prospective freshmen and graduate and transfer students.

Telatovich said the continued uptick of event attendees is partly due to the university’s decision to admit freshmen and lower-division transfer students. Prior to that, in-coming students completed required general education courses elsewhere before attending USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“Becoming a four-year comprehensive university has been a big factor,” he said. “We are seeing higher attendance at our events because of the increase in the number of prospective students we now have.”

Many of those attending Thursday’s 5-7 p.m. event likely will be freshmen hopefuls eyeing admission for the fall 2016 semester, but the school has traditionally attracted transfer and graduate students at open houses as well.

The groups, including the students’ parents and siblings, will be greeted at the campus’ rotunda by an information fair of faculty, staff, current students and admissions officials. Students will be able to gather information, ask questions of faculty and staff, attend presentations and take guided tours.

Also, as at past open houses, prospective freshmen for the fall 2015 semester will be eligible for “on-the-spot decisions” by admissions officials.

To participate, prospective freshmen will need to apply for admission before the event and bring copies of their high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Instant acceptance is not binding, and students who do not receive instant admission will receive guidance on how to strengthen their applications or apply as transfer students.

To find out more or to register for the open house, please visit USFSM Info Sessions or call (941) 359-4330.