Fall 2013 Preview Day at Mississippi College Set for September 14
August 30, 2013
Prospective Mississippi College students can attend classes, hear from leaders like President Lee Royce, and cheer for the Choctaws at a football game on September 14.
It’s all part of a jam-packed schedule for hundreds of high school students and parents at the Christian university’s Fall Preview Day on the Clinton campus.
In addition, there will be an open house at Providence Hill Farm, home of MC’s equestrian team, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. that Saturday.
Admissions director Kyle Brantley anticipates a big turnout with potential MC undergraduates coming from all over the South and points beyond.
“We have students from Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas registered as of now,” Brantley said. That adds up to 129 students plus 316 guests expected to come, but those numbers will rise as the date draws near. “We expect somewhere between 175 and 200 students to attend.”
Activities begin with a 1 p.m. check-in at Nelson Hall. Following a 1:30 p.m. devotional by MC junior Andrew Fehrenbacher of Brandon, a member of the Choctaws basketball team, visitors will hear from administrators like Dr. Royce, and Jim Turcotte, vice president for enrollment services and dean of students. MC sophomore Cole Gresset will tell visitors about the student experience.
At 3 p.m., guests are invited to attend classes, and there’s a session designed for parents at the new medical sciences building. Visitors will also learn about financial aid, and scores of student organizations in the afternoon. That will be followed by a 4:30 p.m. dinner on the Quad and campus tours.
Fall Preview Day wraps up with an MC football game at Robinson-Hale Stadium against Huntingdon of Alabama. Kickoff is 6 p.m. for the Choctaws second home game of the season. The Choctaws tackle Millsaps on September 7 to open the 2013 season with the Backyard Brawl set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Mark Hughes, dean of enrollment services, says there are many reasons why Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College is a terrific place to pursue an education. MC reports a record number of freshmen this fall with more than 600 students registered in late August.
“Our traditional student growth is directly tied to our improved facilities, enhanced value message, increasing academic reputation, complete restructuring of our financial aid strategy to make MC more affordable, and our focus on providing a distinctly Christian environment for our students,” he said.
There’s one more Preview Day booked this fall at Mississippi College. It will be Saturday November 16. Highlights will include a 1 p.m. Choctaws football game with American Southwest Conference rival Mary Hardin-Baylor of Texas.
Photo: Mississippi College students hanging out on the Quad in August 2013