How to Organize a Memorable University Open Day - 7 Creative Ideas

 Image via  Hertz

Image via Hertz

Open days are important events on a university’s annual calendar. It is an opportunity to attract students to your university’s courses while showcasing the best of your campus and what is has to offer. On open days, most universities show students (and their parents) what courses are on offer, details of course fees, the facilities and amenities at their disposal, student finance options, accommodation, placement opportunities and other aspects of student life. Lectures, presentations by faculty, panel discussions, faculty-meetups, campus tours are all deployed for presenting vital and valid information to students to help them explore and choose courses.

While open days should be focused on providing information to students, adding fun and interactive elements to the event will make it more attractive and memorable to students. Presenting 7 fun ideas to make your open day stand out:

1.University Mascot:

Take a leaf out of National University of Singapore’s book. NUS has 2 cool mascots- LiNUS the lion and SocCat- the computing mascot. Make sure your mascots are relatable, adorable, friendly and huggable.

 NUS mascot Linus and NUS Computing mascot SocCat say hello!  Image via  Facebook

NUS mascot Linus and NUS Computing mascot SocCat say hello!

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 Cappie the Giraffe and Brumby Jack prepare breakfast for University of Canberra's free big breakfast to kick off its Open Day  Image via  Canberra Edu

Cappie the Giraffe and Brumby Jack prepare breakfast for University of Canberra's free big breakfast to kick off its Open Day

Image via Canberra Edu

2. Breathe in, Breathe out events:

Students have to make a lot of choices: which course to study, what career should to pursue, whom to date, how to tell parents to back off. Phew. That’s a lot of stress!

Organize stress-busting events at your Open Day. You can get your student volunteers to set up 20-minute Yoga classes, mini-spas, automatic foot massagers both for parents and students.

 Students stretch during a Health 100 yoga session at Emory Edu  Image via  Emory Edu

Students stretch during a Health 100 yoga session at Emory Edu

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3. Speed Mentoring Sessions:

Invite your alumni to interact with prospective students and offer short mentoring sessions. A diverse alumni is the most important brand ambassador for a university. Apart from the ones who have been successful in traditional jobs, bring in the ex-students who have done unusual things with their college degrees: the musicians, artists, start-up founders, entrepreneurs, environmental and social activists.

 California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Speed Alumni Student Mentoring  Image via  CSUDH

California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Speed Alumni Student Mentoring

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4. Social Cause Volunteering Opportunities:

Reach out and tie-up with NGOs to provide opportunities for students to volunteer for social causes. Giving back to the society events can be organized within a few days of your Open day. For example, students can volunteer for ‘clean the beach day’ or ‘blood-donation drive’ or teaching underprivileged children for a day.

 Image via  Pasadena

Image via Pasadena

5. Temporary Tattoo Booths

Everyone loves temporary tattoos. Get custom made temporary tattoos of your university’s or college’s logo, mascot or with inspirational quotes. Set up a temp tattoo booth with water, cleaning tissues, a disposal bin and friendly volunteers. Spread happy smiles and your logo everywhere! Get custom temporary tattoos from Gumtoo - www.gumtoo.com

 Students proudly showing off their Gumtoo Temp Tats at  Singapore Management University (SMU) Freshman Experience Day.

Students proudly showing off their Gumtoo Temp Tats at Singapore Management University (SMU) Freshman Experience Day.

6. Custom Stickers as Cool Swag

Give out cost-effective, but cool swags to visiting students. Apart from T-shirts and novelty pens, die-cut laptop stickers of your university/college logo or mascot are a great idea. Students love decorating their laptops with stickers, they let their stickers speak about what music they love, which brands they like, who inspires them. Stickers are like their Social Media profiles, they do all the talking about what kind of person they are.

 Image via  Wisc.edu

Image via Wisc.edu

7. Flash Mob

Arrange for a flash mob to dance on popular trending numbers or to raise awareness on a social issue.

 FTII (India) students’ Flash Mob to generate awareness on the theme of physical fitness and good health  Image via  India Today

FTII (India) students’ Flash Mob to generate awareness on the theme of physical fitness and good health
Image via India Today

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