Get ready for spring open houses in the Carolinas

Vanessa Infanzon

Photo by Mackenzie Francisco, Appalachian State

It might not be spring yet, but schools in North and South Carolina are readying their campuses for open house events.

The end of the junior year in high school is the perfect time to visit campuses that are on a student’s priority list.

Here’s 18 open houses offered at schools in the next few months:

Open House attendees enjoy a campus tour led by a student ambassador. Photo by Mackenzie Francisco, Appalachian State

Appalachian State University

This is designed just for high school students, prospective transfer students and their families. Meet faculty, tour the campus, and learn more about majors and programs, scholarships, financial aid, the admissions process and what it’s like to be a member of the Appalachian community.

April 21: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration: App State Open House

The Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program for students with intellectual disabilities will hold special sessions during the open house on April 21. Students will have access to staff, instructors, current students and alum. The Convocation Center is typically crowded and could be overwhelming. We invite anyone to come directly to the College of Education Building.

April 21: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration: Email and follow link.

Photo by Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College

The Abbey Experience is an opportunity to meet with faculty, staff and current students. The Sunday luncheon includes Mass, a tour of the campus and lunch with faculty.

March 4: 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

General Open House for all prospective students and parents.

Registration link: Belmont Abbey College Sunday Luncheon

March 24: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

General Open House for all prospective students and parents.

Registration link: Belmont Abbey College Abbey Experience 

April 22: 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Open house just for juniors in high school.

Registration link: Belmont Abbey College Sunday Luncheon

Evening undergraduate and graduate students at The Citadel. Photo by The Citadel

The Citadel

Meet with program faculty, admissions staff and staff from various student services offices such as Financial Aid, Academic Support Services and the Daniel Library.

Feb. 13: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Registration: Citadel Graduate College Open House, Ashley Buckner at (843) 953-0514

On campus tours, Clemson student guides will walk you across campus and through the life of a Clemson student. Photo by Clemson University

Clemson University

Designed for high school juniors and seniors, Spring Blitz offers campus tours, admissions and financial aid sessions, an information fair and departmental open houses, in addition to other activities.

March 30, April 6 and 13: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration required: Clemson Spring Blitz

Families tour campus during Pirates Aboard! Admitted Student Day Photo by Patrick Fay, ECU

East Carolina University

Pirates Aboard! Admitted Student Day includes extensive time spent with the student’s intended major at ECU; updates from financial aid, housing, dining and student life; campus tours and an opportunity to visit ECU’s residence halls. All parents are invited to attend a special session.

March 24: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration is by invitation only. Admitted students will receive registration information in their personal (non-ECU) email, as well as a postcard invitation.

Photos by Elon University

Elon University

Spring Open House offers an overview of academic programs and student life at Elon. Students and guests can take a campus tour, sit in on panels about academics and special programs, speak with current students and have lunch on campus.

April 14: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Registration preferred: Elon University Spring Open House

Parents and prospective students talk with Fayetteville State officials about the many academic offerings available at the institution. Photo by Ezekiel Best, FSU

 Fayetteville State University

Prospective students will have an opportunity to speak with admissions representatives, meet current students and professors, as well as explore academic interests.

March 24: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration required: Fayetteville State University Open House

Furman University

This event is designed specifically for high school sophomores and juniors.  Showcase Saturdays offer students a chance to learn about the admission process and financial aid opportunities, explore the campus on a 50-minute student-led walking tour and hear from current students about residential life, study away programs and academics.

Jan. 27, Feb. 24, March 24, April 7, April 21: 9:45 a.m. to noon

Registration required: Furman’s Showcase Saturdays

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

High Point University 

Learn first-hand what it’s like to be a student at High Point University. Prospective students will hear from President Nido Qubein, learn about student and residential life and speak with faculty about the majors at HPU. The day also includes a complimentary lunch and a tour of the campus.

March 29, July 9: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration required: 1-800-345-6993 or email

Lander University students on plaza walkways. Photo by Lander University

Lander University

Tour Lander University’s campus and residence halls, meet faculty and staff, and learn more about the signature academic programs and extraordinary student life opportunities offered at this state university in Greenwood, S.C. Admission and financial aid information is also available.

Feb. 24, Mar. 24: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration: Lander University Open House

Students enjoy the beautiful Carolina weather outside Byrum Hall. Photo by Queens University of Charlotte

Queens University of Charlotte

Royal Open House gives prospective students and families the opportunity to meet admissions counselors, tour campus and talk with students. You’ll get an in-depth view of the classroom experience, life at Queens and the enrollment process.

April 7: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Registration: Queens University Royal Open House

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Junior Preview Day is a special campus experience just for high school juniors. Students can interact with the UNC Asheville campus and the Asheville community.  Throughout the day, participants will attend informative presentations by professors and admissions counselors, as well as tour the campus.

March 24: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Registration: UNC Asheville Junior Preview Day

Photo by UNC Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

At Explore UNC Charlotte, students and families speak one-on-one with faculty, staff and students from academic departments and student support services. There are three presentation sessions offered throughout the morning, allowing students to learn more about the areas of UNC Charlotte they are most interested in. A guided tour of campus and the residence halls is also offered.

March 17, April 21: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration: UNC Charlotte Future 49er Portal

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Junior Preview Days help demystify the application process and kick off your college search in a fun atmosphere. We’ll offer tours, free college planning information and a financial aid workshop.

April 2, April 4, April 6: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Registration opens in late February: UNC Greensboro Junior Preview Days

Destination UNCG is for admitted freshmen and their families. Admitted students can take the next step toward making UNCG their college destination. Attendees will get a jump-start on the year ahead by exploring academic programs and campus life, touring residence halls and residential colleges, and meeting current UNCG students.

Feb. 24, April 14: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration is limited to admitted students: Call (336) 334-5243 for assistance.

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.

Feb. 24, March 24: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration preferred: WCU Open House

Winston-Salem State University

Activities are designed to provide a personalized opportunity to engage with faculty, staff, and students, explore academic majors and take a guided tour of Winston-Salem State University’s 117-acre campus.

April 21: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration opens in early March: WSSU Open House

Visitors to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., comment frequently on its campus beauty. Photo by Corey Nolen, Winthrop University

Winthrop University

Preview Days provide an in-depth view of academic and campus life at Winthrop. Faculty, staff and students are available from academic and student life areas to talk about Winthrop and to answer questions. The schedule also includes a student-guided tour of the campus and a tour of a sample residence hall room.

Feb. 24: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration: Winthrop University Open House

Multicultural Student Day is an open house event for prospective underrepresented minority students. This event allows participants the opportunity to interact with faculty and staff, meet clubs and organizations, explore campus and mingle with current students.

March 24: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Registration coming soon: Winthrop University Open House

Photo by Mark Olencki, Wofford College

Wofford College

Spring Hospitality Day is an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the student experience at Wofford. Find out about academic opportunities, athletics and social life, hear from professors and current students, eat lunch with admission counselors, and experience what it is like to be a Terrier.

April 28: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration: Wofford College Spring Hospitality Day


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

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