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Recruitment Events

Geoff Coyle checking students in at MovieFest on Aug. 18, 2019. Photo by Kallie Nealis.If there’s one thing that we enjoy executing as a unit, it’s holding events that leave lasting impressions on prospective students and their families, ultimately resulting in enrolling at WVU and becoming a Mountaineer.

Recruitment events are not only critical in executing our recruitment goals, but they are perfect opportunities to get to know other UREM employees through volunteering. Below you will find a list of some of our most popular student recruitment events held throughout the year.  

Ask Us Anything (AUA) – Informal, small group events, usually on the road, for prospective WVU students and families where they can find out more about WVU in a fun and casual atmosphere. (Note: this event is currently being held virtually through a live stream instead.)

Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) – WVU exhibits and promotes to approximately 10,000 to 20,000 high school students, advisors, business persons, and alumni at the International Career Development Conference every other year, usually in the spring. 

Fall Family Weekend – A September weekend when we welcome all families back to campus to connect with their students and campus through special events planned for the weekend. 

Future Farmers of America (FFA) – WVU exhibits and promotes at the National FFA Convention & Expo every year to youth attendees preparing to be leaders through agricultural education.

Go First Fridays
 – Fall campus tours offered on the Fridays leading into a home football game weekend. These are tours open to prospective students of all ages. However, high school seniors have the opportunity to receive an on-the-spot admission decision following the tour by submitting application materials at check-in. (Note: these events are currently being held virtually.)

International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) – The is “the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.” WVU promotes to the attendees of this fair every other year.

Junior Preview – Spring campus tours specifically designed for high school juniors.

New Student Orientation (NSO) – Required of all first time freshmen students. This program is offered almost every weekday in June before the start of the student’s enrollment semester.

Open Houses – Campus events usually held once or twice a semester on a particular Saturday. No fee attached to this type of event, but space is limited. 
  • Decide WVU Day – This is a special visit day held in the spring for admitted students only to help them “decide” WVU as the college choice for the following fall.
  • Discover WVU Day  – This is a special visit day held in the fall to help prospective students “discover” all aspects of WVU to assist them with college choice decisions.
Scouts of America Jamboree – WVU promotes to attendees of this Jamboree every year.

Tour Guide Live – Held Monday's and Wednesday's at 4:00 p.m., these events are an opportunity for prospective students and families to meet with our tour guides virtually, tour campus and ask what it’s really like to be a WVU student. These sessions are best for admitted students who haven't visited campus. 

Virtual Admission Sessions – An event held Monday and Wednesday's at 3:30 p.m. where prospective students and families can ask our experts about everything from scholarship and financial aid opportunities to application requirements and career services.

Welcome Week – This is the week before fall classes begin and is a celebration of everything WVU, allowing new students to meet other new students, as well as orient themselves in the new environment. Within Welcome Week, several sub-events take place, all of which are free:
  • Fall Fest – Three musical acts perform a live concert.
  • Food Fest – Food trucks of many varieties will be available and students are given a food ticket to try the food truck of their choice.
  • Movie Fest – Students get together to watch a movie in the Coliseum.

  • Monday Night Lights – Freshmen students go to the football stadium for activities and the annual state picture.\

WV State Fair – There is a WVU building on the fairgrounds where University Relations sets up a booth among other WVU entities, in coordination with WVU Extension, to promote all things WVU to fair attendees.

WVU Day at the Legislature – The WVU Day at the Legislature features interactive displays, activities and exhibits for youth who can talk with current WVU students and other WVU representatives about higher education, as well as meet their state representatives and check out the legislative process.