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5. Enhance the Visibility of NC State Through the Utilization of the Joyner Visitor Center, Pack Previews, and Campus Visitations

Significant Increase in Number of Guests

During the 2011-2012, 24,032 guests were hosted at the Joyner Visitor Center. This number includes:

  • 2,858 walk-ins.
  • 16,740 guests registered for information sessions and tours
  • 1,471 guests participated in Saturday tours
  • 2,963 guests attended as part of 84 different special groups

The total number of guests served for both regular Joyner Visitor Center operations and Experience NC State is 25,854. Together with 72 special events through which we served thousands of additional guests, the total number of guests hosted is closer to 30,000. This is a significant increase from the 23,161 guests hosted in the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Joyner Visitor Center made changes to Info Sessions and Campus Tours in order to provide more opportunities for visitors to experience NC State:

  • Added information sessions on Friday afternoons for transfer students.
  • Increased number of university ambassadors.

Joining Forces - NSO and PFS find a new home with EMAS

As of January 1, 2012, as part of the universityís strategic plan, New Student Orientation and Parent and Family Services joined EMAS. These offices, working with Undergraduate Admissions staff and the E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Center, increase the divisionís ability to reach out to our new students and their families, while at the same time, sharing resources and streamlining communication and administrative efforts.

Each year, New Student Orientation surveys First Year and new Transfer students at the end of their orientation experience.

Highlights from the First Year Survey:

  • Approximately 87% of students either strongly agreed (58.2%) or agreed (29.2%) that they were excited to start their first semester at NC State as a result of their experience at Orientation. This question was new in 2011.
  • Approximately 75% of students either strongly agreed or agreed that their advising session(s) at Orientation provided them an opportunity to get answers to their academic questions.

Highlights from the Transfer Survey:

  • 70.9% strongly agree or agreed that they received helpful information regarding their fall schedule before Orientation. This is an increase of 2.2% from 2010.
  • 84% of new Transfer students indicated that they had contacted their academic advisor to discuss their fall class schedule.
  • 84.5% of new Transfer students had a favorable opinion of the break-out session information they received at New Student Orientation

Successfully changed the University Open House Format and Wolfpack Welcome Week

In 2012, these events were re-imagined through efforts of EMAS staff and college liaisons. Major changes were implemented in an attempt to encourage the guests at Open House to explore campus, find core information in a centralized location, and attend admissions information sessions.

  • 96 students participated in an NSO-sponsored scavenger hunt to better acclimate to campus during Wolfpack Welcome Week
  • 141 new Transfer students attended NCSU ♥ís Transfers social event during Wolfpack Welcome Week.