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Busy year for campus tour program

An Under-18 girls soccer team from New Brunswick visits Memorial’s St. John’s campus. While visiting campus, they took time to show off their new “zag” messenger bags and water bottle on the soccer field.


By Jill Hunt

Memorial’s Office of Student Recruitment opened its doors to the Meet & Greet Centre just over a year ago, and what a busy year it has been. For the 2009-10 academic year, the total number of campus tours increased almost 24 per cent, with a total of 1,374 visitors on organized tours.

“Increasingly, we are seeing research that indicates that a campus visit is the top influencer in making the decision to apply to university,” said Shona Perry-Maidment, director, Office of Student Recruitment. “Knowing this, it is essential for our team to offer the best possible Memorial experience to prospective students and their influencers while visiting Memorial’s St John’s campus.”

The Meet & Greet Centre is ideally situated off the main entrance of the Arts and Administration building. This is where tours gather and prepare for their visit of campus. Tour can be personalized or completed in groups. It’s also where visitors to campus and new students come when they need directions or assistance on how to get somewhere on campus.

“Prospective students tell us all the time how thorough our campus tours are,” said Meaghan Green, on-campus recruitment events co-ordinator. “They are surprised how much time we spend preparing and individualizing their tour. An individualized tour typically includes a complete general campus tour, a faculty/school meeting and a visit to our residence and the dining hall. It takes about three hours from start to finish.”

Throughout the campus tour, our expert tour guides highlight the various buildings around campus, referring to interesting aspects found inside the building as well as its historical background. Tour guides will also point out where schools and faculties are located, along with what services and resources are located in those buildings.

“The collaboration between our office and the faculties and schools and administrative units is one reason our tour program is such a success,” said Ms. Perry-Maidment. “Our partners are extremely supportive of our tour program, and work with us to provide the best possible experience for prospective students.”

In Fall 2009, The Office of Student Recruitment saw a 21 per cent increase in tours from the previous year, in spite of the Newfoundland and Labrador School Board policy prohibiting school travel for October and November 2009 due to H1N1 outbreaks in high schools. In Winter 2010, the office saw a 41 per cent increase in tours and in Spring 2010, the number of tours increased by 12 per cent.

If you are interested in arranging an undergraduate tour, visit us online at or call the Meet & Greet Centre at 864-3777.