NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University recruiters are finding innovative ways to stay in touch with prospective students despite social distancing.
“The recruiters are still working their territories reaching out to each student providing virtual tours, Zoom sessions and, as always, being their primary resource at NSU,” said Ashlee Hewitt, director of recruiting. “Their communication efforts are email, texts, phone calls, Zoom and social media.”
Earlier in March, Hewitt recorded a video message to reassure next year’s freshmen that she and her staff are always available to answer questions and offer assistance.
“We are continuing to explore opportunities to engage with interested students and will roll those out as they become available. We know your high schools and current institutions are not fully operational. Don’t stress about final transcripts. We are going to work with you on this,” she said.
Students who have not applied for admission are encouraged to do so. Students who completed the admissions process can apply for housing and register for Freshman Connection. Paperwork can be sent electronically, and staff can be reached easily by phone or email. Names, photos and contact information for the recruiting staff is available at www.nsula.edu/futurestudents where prospective students can also take a virtual tour of campus,
Staff who are working remotely will continue to answer emails and take phone calls during business hours and are planning to participate in Louisiana’s first-ever virtual college fair in April.
Hewitt said that because of the coronavirus pandemic, June ACT scores can qualify a student for TOPS funds for the fall.
Registration for the fall semester is underway and will continue though Aug. 16. Fall classes will begin Aug. 17.
“All of our staff are continuing to make sure your transition to attend Northwestern State is a smooth one,” Hewitt said. “We are continuing to work hard for you.”