It’s time for fall open houses in the Carolinas

Vanessa Infanzon

During UNCG's Open House, tours are led by Spartan Guides, some of the school’s most involved student leaders. They give guests a firsthand account of what it means to live and learn at one of North Carolina’s most diverse universities. Photo by UNC Greensboro

Fall is the season to pick apples and pumpkins, visit the mountains for the fall color or begin early holiday shopping. It’s also the time for high school students in their junior or senior year to attend an open house at the schools on their priority list.

“Attending a school’s open house is a great way to experience the campus and its culture in one day,” said Andy Bills, senior vice president for enrollment at High Point University.

Schools use the open house platform to introduce potential students and their families to the faculty and staff. Current students are typically involved in the program and are available to answer questions.

Often, this is the time when students decide if the school is the right “fit” for them – meaning can they picture themselves as students on the campus?

Here’s a sample list of schools in North and South Carolina with an upcoming 2017 open house:

Central Piedmont Community College

At CPCC’s Open House, prospective students and their families can engage with faculty and staff at more than 50 information tables representing academic programs, student services and student life. Participants are invited on guided tours led by Student Ambassadors and can attend breakout sessions on topics such as enrollment process, financial aid and scholarships.

Oct. 21: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration preferred: CPCC Open House

Clemson University

At Clemson’s Fall Blitz, students can register for individual programs such as financial aid sessions and information fairs tied to individual colleges and programs in addition to campus tours to customize their experience.

Oct. 20: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration required: Clemson Fall Blitz

East Carolina University

Prospective students can take a walking tour of campus and residence halls, and chat with East Carolina faculty members. ECU will also offer sessions on topics such as admission requirements, choosing a major, and campus living and dining.

Oct. 14: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration required: ECU Open House

High Point University

Learn about the admissions and scholarship processes and career and professional development at HPU’s Open House. Tour the campus and participate in a University Academic and Student Life Preview Fair. The college’s president will lead a session on achieving success and significance.

Oct. 9: 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Senior event

Oct. 28: 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 18: 8:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration required: High Point University Open House

Prospective students tour High Point University in High Point, about 20 minutes outside Greensboro. Photo by High Point

Queens University of Charlotte

Royal Open House is a half-day Saturday event for prospective students in high school and their families. It’s an opportunity to get to know admissions counselors, tour the Queens campus, learn about the opportunities at Queens and talk with current students. Students and parents will gain a more in-depth view of the classroom experience and life at Queens.

Oct. 14: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 4: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Registration preferred: Queens Open House

Idyllic Campus. Vibrant Location. Nestled in a historic tree-filled neighborhood just minutes from Uptown Charlotte, Queens has provided students with transformational experiences for more than 155 years. Photo by Queens

The University of North Carolina at Asheville

UNC Asheville’s Open House offers an opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty and staff from more than 30 majors in the liberal arts and sciences. Attendees can learn more about the student experience, take a campus tour, and explore Asheville and Western North Carolina.

Oct.14: 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Nov. 11: 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Registration required:  UNC Asheville Open House

Experience UNC Asheville through a campus tour at Open House. Photo by UNC Asheville

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte’s fall Open House is designed for seniors; sophomores and juniors are encouraged to attend a spring Open House. Students can take a guided tour of campus and residence halls in addition to their choice of sessions, including ones on individual programs of study, student activities and academic success.

Oct. 28: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration required: UNC Charlotte Open House

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Students experience a day of programming that gives them a glimpse of life as a UNCG Spartan. Guests see campus on a student-led tour, learn about academic programs in classroom buildings and meet representatives for financial aid and other campus programs. Current students, faculty, and staff are available throughout the program to answer questions.

Oct. 28: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration required:  UNC Greensboro Open House

The University of South Carolina

This open house designed for high school seniors includes a campus tour, visiting residence halls, and opportunities to learn about admissions, scholarships and financial aid, as well as life on campus. Students can speak one-on-one with academic and student service representatives.

Sept. 30: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 14: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration required: USC Open House

Western Carolina University

WCU’s Open House offers prospective students and their families a chance to get to know the campus better. There are opportunities to talk to the professors, hang out with students, meet the staff, check out the campus facilities and dine on campus.

Oct. 4: Check in 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Nov. 7: Check in 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Registration preferred: WCU Open House

Nestled in a scenic valley between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, Western Carolina University is home to more than 11,000 students. Photo by WCU

Winston Salem State University

WSSU’s Fall Open House is open to prospective students, family members and chaperones. The event includes a walking tour of campus, visit to residence halls and the opportunity to choose from eight academic experience tracks of interest. Prospective students can register for a free ticket to the football game that evening at Bowman Gray Stadium.  

Sept. 30: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration required: WSSU Open House

Don’t see the school you’re interested in on this list? Go to the school’s website for detailed information about open house dates and registration.

Pro Tips

  • Register for the open house.
  • Check if the open house is specific to seniors, juniors or another specific population.
  • Make a list of what you want to see, ask or know before you go.
  • Bring a bag to carry brochures and giveaways.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
  • Plan for the weather – bring an umbrella, sunscreen or light jacket.
  • If possible, plan to meet up with a student you already know at the school.
  • Bring any relevant paperwork or confirmation numbers with you.


Vanessa Infanzon is a freelance writer based in Charlotte. In her former life, she worked in Student Life at Davidson College, UNC Charlotte and Queens University of Charlotte. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @morethanVMI