A guide to 28 college open houses in the Carolinas

Vanessa Infanzon

Photo by UNC Charlotte

North and South Carolina schools are preparing for high school students to visit for open house events. Use this guide to plan your tour of college campuses this fall.

Here are 28 schools with open houses over the next few months:


Appalachian State University

Fall Open House is a great way for high school students and prospective transfer students to meet faculty and tour the campus. Learn more about financial aid, scholarships, admissions and what student life at Appalachian is really like.

Oct. 6: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration: App State Open House or call (828) 262-2120

The Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program is a program for students with intellectual disabilities. Scholars with Diverse Abilities will hold special sessions during the open house on October 6. Students will have access to staff, instructors, current students and alumni. The Convocation Center is typically crowded and could be overwhelming. We invite anyone to come directly to the College of Education Building. For more information or to register, email sdap@appstate.edu or register here.


Belmont Abbey College

The Abbey Experience is an opportunity to meet with faculty, staff and current students.

Nov. 2

Registration: Belmont Abbey Open House


Charleston Southern University

First Look is an open house event, designed to give students a complete experience of life at Charleston Southern University. Students will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions to learn about campus life, specific majors, the admissions and financial aid process, faith integration, and more.

Oct. 20: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration: First Look at Charleston Southern University

Photo by Charleston Southern


The Citadel

The Citadel Graduate College offers 70 master’s degrees, graduate certificates, evening undergraduate, and online degree programs. The evening open house is an opportunity to meet with program faculty and staff from various student services offices such as Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Support Services and the Daniel Library.

Oct. 2: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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

Students interested in becoming a cadet at The Citadel may schedule a tour, arrange for an overnight visit, or get information by emailing The Citadel Office of Admission at admissions@citadel.edu.


Clemson University

Find out what it’s like to be a Clemson Tiger. Sign-up for a student-led campus tour. Campus tours are year-round and are offered Monday through Friday. There’s an opportunity to arrange specific appointments with select campus departments.

InformationCampus Visit


Coastal Carolina University

Experience Coastal Carolina University at Discovery Day. Special sessions for seniors, juniors and transfer students focus on the admissions process. Students and guests will meet faculty and current students, learn about academics, student life and financial aid opportunities. Tour residence halls and explore campus on a 90-minute walking tour.

Nov. 10: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration: Coastal Carolina University Discovery Day or call (800) 277-7000.

Photo by Coastal Carolina University


College of Charleston

Get key questions answered, like, “What classes should I take?” and “What financial resources will be available to me and my family?” at College of Charleston’s open house. Centers around campus will open their doors to families, including: Center for Disability Services, Center for International Education, Center for Student Learning, the Counseling Center, and Multicultural Student Programs & Services.

Stay for one session or all of them. Design the day your way—information sessions, residence hall drop-ins, panel discussions and so much more.

Sept. 3 and Oct. 8

Registration: College of Charleston Events

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Davidson College

Davidson College offers several open house options in the fall:

Sept. 28 and Nov 2: Day@Davidson is for prospective students and their families.
Oct. 21: Discover Davidson is for high school seniors spend the day on campus.
Oct. 14-16: Access Davidson provides students from traditionally under-represented groups to experience the Davidson campus.

Registration: Davidson College Open House Programs


East Carolina University

ECU’s Fall Open House welcomes prospective freshmen, transfer and adult students. Attendees will have the opportunity to take a walking tour of campus, visit residence halls, learn about student life, explore the Academic and Student Affairs Fair, and chat with ECU faculty. Learn about admission requirements, financial aid, options for transfer students and more in special sessions offered throughout the day. 

Sept. 22: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shuttle service to campus begins at 7:30 a.m., and events begin at 8:00 a.m.

Information: Call (252) 328-6640, email admissions@ecu.edu or click here.


Elon University

Fall 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.

Oct. 27: Begins at 9 a.m.

Registration preferred: Elon University Fall Open House


Fayetteville State University

Fall Preview is designed specifically for high school juniors and seniors, and transfer students. You will have the opportunity to explore campus, speak with faculty, staff, and current students, visit your academic department, and get your questions answered about applying to Fayetteville State University.

The day ends with a tailgate picnic leading up to the FSU vs. ECSU football game. High school juniors and seniors and transfer students who are registered for Fall Preview will receive a complimentary ticket to cheer on the Broncos! Family members and other guests will be able to purchase a ticket at the gate.

Sept. 22: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Information: Fayetteville State University Fall Preview


Furman University

Fall is the perfect time of year to visit Furman. Students will experience the classrooms, research labs, residence halls and athletic fields.

Oct. 13: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration: (864) 294-2034 and here (link is live in mid-August)

Photo by Furman University


Gardner-Webb University

Customize a visit to GWU with a tour, academic open house and breakout sessions. Meet staff from admissions, student activities and financial aid.

Sept. 29 and Nov. 17: Begins at 12:30 p.m.

Registration: GWU Open House


High Point University 

Learn first-hand what it’s like to be a student at High Point University. Prospective students will hear President Qubein’s visionary message, 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.

Senior Fall Open House: Sept. 15 and Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fall Open House: Oct. 27 and Nov. 17, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration required: 1-800-345-6993 or email admiss@highpoint.edu


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.

Sept. 22 and Nov. 10: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration: Lander University Open House


Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College Open House provides students the opportunity to meet students and faculty, tour campus, learn more about the admission and financial aid process, enjoy lunch, and learn about the excellent academic program opportunities and support available.

Sept. 15 and Nov. 17: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration: Lees-McRae College Open House


Queens University of Charlotte

Discover Queens is for all high school students. It gives 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.

Oct. 18 and Nov. 10: 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Registration: Discover Queens


University of North Carolina at Asheville

Discovery Day: The UNC Asheville Open House gives students and families a chance to see what makes the UNC Asheville experience unique. Through Academic, Student Life, and Community Showcases, students can meet one-on-one with faculty, learn about life inside and outside the classroom, tour campus, and get to know Asheville, one of the coolest cities in the Southeast.

Nov. 10: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Registration: UNC Asheville Discovery Day


University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Explore UNC Charlotte is an opportunity for students and families to speak one-on-one with faculty, staff and students from academic departments, students services, and campus life offices. Through a variety of information sessions, students have the ability to choose the areas of UNC Charlotte they are interested to learn more about. UNC Charlotte students are excited to lead prospective students on a guided tour of campus and provide clear insight into the Niner Nation experience!

Sept. 22 and Oct. 20: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration: UNC Charlotte Future 49er Portal

Photo by UNC Charlotte


University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Students get a glimpse of life as a 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.

Oct. 27: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration: UNCG

Photo by UNC Greensboro


University of North Carolina at Wilmington

High school seniors are invited to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Fall Visit Day, Seahawk Saturday. Join us for a day of activities and information sessions that will answer your questions about the wide variety of programs and services available at UNCW.

Sept. 22: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration: Seahawk Saturday


University of South Carolina

Open House is a special opportunity to experience the University of South Carolina first hand and to see why students decide to call Carolina their home away from home. The events include campus tours, residence hall visits, information sessions and more. The program is free of charge and open only to high school seniors and their parents.

Aug. 25 and Sept. 22: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration: USC Open House

Discover Carolina is specifically designed for high school juniors and sophomores to learn about the college search process, applying to college, paying for college and what makes Carolina unique. Registration is limited to the prospective student and two guests. The event is free of charge.

Nov. 10: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration: Discover Carolina


University of South Carolina Aiken

USC Aiken’s open houses offer students and their families a full day of engaging activities, including a walking tour, an info fair with campus offices, lunch in the dining hall and admissions/financial aid sessions.

Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 17: Program begins at 10 a.m.

Registration: USCA Open House


Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson hosts six Discovery Day events in the fall. Each one features a student-led tour, lunch in the dining hall, interactions with faculty and breakout sessions with their Work Program, Center for Community Engagement, Financial Aid and more.

Oct. 5: Open to all

Oct. 7 and 8: Environmental Studies

Oct. 26 and 27: Outdoor Leadership

Oct. 29: Open to all

Nov. 9: Creative Writing

Nov. 11 and 12: Biology and Pre-Vet

Registration: Discovery Days

Photo by Reggie Tidwell, Warren Wilson College


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. Attendees will also learn about the NC Promise tuition plan.

Oct. 27 and Nov. 17: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration preferred: WCU Open House


Winston Salem State University

Feel the welcoming vibe as soon as you step onto campus and interact with faculty, staff and students. Get an overview of the admissions process, requirements, how to pay for college, etc. Take a walking tour of campus, visit residence halls, explore academic tracks that interest you and cheer for the Rams as they take on Virginia Union at historic Bowman Gray Stadium.

Sept. 22: Program begins at 10 a.m.

Registration opens in early March: WSSU Open House 


Winthrop University

Saturday Visit is held for students who are unable to attend the Weekday Visit. Admissions staff start the day with information about Winthrop University’s academics, on campus organizations, and the admissions process. A student-guided tour of the campus allows for students to share about their experience at Winthrop.

Oct. 6: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration: Visit the Campus

Open House provides 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.

Oct. 20: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Registration: Visit the Campus

Photo by Corey Nolen, Winthrop University


Wofford College

Fall 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.

Sept. 8: 1 to 6 p.m.
Oct. 27: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Registration: Wofford College Fall 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.