College admission process explained during tour of UNLV campus Juniors experience 'Rebel' life for a day

For more information about the school, junior Laurence Eslava reads the UNLV visitor guide after the tour. Students received complimentary UNLV bags that included pamphlets and guides regarding college admission. “Going on the trip gave me a better understanding on how much cheaper tuition in-state is,” Eslava said. “I didn’t get to see the part of campus that I’m interested in, but I feel more welcomed to [UNLV now], especially since there is a recruitment counselor that is dedicated to helping students specifically at Southwest." Photo Credit: Shareen Basyari

To learn more about scholarship opportunities and how to enroll in college, juniors toured the UNLV campus.

“UNLV, growing up, has gotten a lot of bad reviews and now after seeing the campus for myself, I don’t see how it could get so much negativity,” junior Kesler Cervantes said. “It really is a nice campus. I don’t have money to go anywhere else, so going on this tour makes me feel a lot better about joining this [university].”

This year, UNLV hired a new Events and Tours Coordinator who planned to put juniors into 15 different groups. These groups were dependent on the students’ program areas. 

“[This tour] kind of put the UNLV campus into perspective because they’ve never been on it,” English and Freshman Studies teacher Laura Penrod said. “It helps them feel more comfortable with both applying and the idea of attending there.”

Each group had a tour guide that showed them the inside of the College of Hotel Administration, College of Fine Arts, College of Health Science and College of Engineering. They also had a chance to visit the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, the Lied Library and the Student Union.

“The kitchens that they had for Hospitality [stood out to me the most],” junior Rim Ghebremeskel said. “Genuinely, I did not want to come here, but I stepped onto this campus and was really surprised about their scholarship options and how they can decrease tuition. Now I definitely want to come here.”

Halfway through the tour,  juniors sat down and listened to a speaker talk about various opportunities available to undergraduates. These opportunities included financial aid and studying abroad.

“[UNLV provided] information about how they could actually afford college, which I think was the most important part, and they could kind of see outside of the mainstream,” Business Software Applications teacher Lori Griswold said. “I wish I could go to school now and not 40 years ago because there’s more affordability and it’s easier to get funding.”

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