ORONO — Recruitment of the sesquicentennial class at the University of Maine — the Class of 2015 — will begin with an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, on the UMaine Mall.
The event, “Summer Tour 2010,” will include a lunchtime cookout with a performance by Atlantic Clarion, a steel drum band from Brooksville. In addition to the barbecue and live music, students and their families will have opportunities to learn more about admissions and financial aid, to take campus tours, to explore academic programs, to speak with current UMaine students and to meet their potential future UMaine classmates.
Early registrations indicate strong interest among students from Maine and other states who will be high school juniors and seniors this fall, according to Joe Carr, UMaine spokesman. As of Thursday, Aug. 12, 915 potential students and guests were registered for Summer Tour 2010 compared with the 535 people who attended a similar event last year.
“We are both gratified and excited by the tremendous interest in this event,” Susan Hunter, UMaine’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, said in a press release Thursday. “This response indicates broad appreciation for UMaine’s quality and value, and we look forward to presenting an informative, enjoyable program for our guests.”
Students who enroll in the fall of 2011 will be members of the Class of 2015, she said.
In case of rain, “Summer Tour 2010” will be held at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center.
To register for the event, call 877-486-2364 or visit go.umaine.edu/summertour.