Posted on Sep 29, 2009

Welcome sign on campus, Sept 2009

With the Admissions season now in full motion, Union’s counselors are on the road for weeks at a time, traveling throughout the United States and to Belgium, Costa Rica, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland and other countries.

“This fall, we are visiting 25 states, 10 countries, 550 high schools and 100 college fairs,” said Matt Malatesta, director of Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment.

 In addition, Union recently joined Yale, Dartmouth, West Point and more than 200 other colleges in turning to the Web to promote their institutions through, one of several sites offering prospective students a virtual way to interact with school officials. For more on the virtual college fair, click here.

For those who like to visit campus the old-fashioned way, the Office of Admissions will host fall Open Houses for prospective students on Monday, Oct. 12 and Monday, Oct. 26, beginning at 8:45 a.m. both days. For more information and a schedule of activities, click here.  

Susie Hanks, Admissions

There will be a luncheon in Memorial Fieldhouse from 12:30-1:30 p.m., with academic receptions to follow, 1-1:30 p.m. Faculty who are able to attend luncheons and represent their department at the reception tables should contact Lilia Tiemann at

In an e-mail letter this week, Malatesta thanked faculty and staff “for all you do to help in our efforts to recruit the best and brightest young women and men to Union.”

New to Union’s recruiting team this year is Susan Hanks, associate dean of Admissions, who spent many years at Lehigh University. She will be leading travel and outreach efforts for the office’s counselors as well as meeting prospective students in the Capital Region, Colorado, Long Island and Ohio.      

“While the economic downturn of last year posed a major challenge, we face the recruitment of the Class of 2014 with reasons for optimism,” Malatesta said. “As one indicator of good news, this summer we saw a greater than 10 percent increase in visitors over the previous year.”