Guidance counselors, university admissions directors meet at SUS Admissions Directors Tour

By: Erica Martin

More than 100 area guidance counselors met with admissions directors from all 12 of Florida’s state universities during the 2016 SUS Admissions Directors Tour on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at FSU Panama City.

The event allowed high school guidance counselors from both public and private schools throughout Northwest Florida to learn about each university’s admission process to better inform their students before applying. Representatives with ACT, The College Board,, Florida Virtual School and the Florida Department of Education also were at the event.

This is the second year FSU Panama City has hosted the tour.

“This is such a unique opportunity for FSU Panama City to showcase our campus, outstanding faculty and challenging academic programs for Northwest Florida high school counselors,” said Jim Allen, associate director of FSU Panama City admissions and records. “Welcoming these counselors to our beautiful campus and sharing with them the benefits of smaller class sizes and a faculty that is so approachable just goes a long way in helping us in maintaining a campus relationship with Northwest Florida high schools and prospective students.”

After the SUS Admissions Directors Tour, the campus hosted a lunch for the visiting guidance counselors and support staff to share more about their students’ needs. The visitors also toured the campus to learn about specific programs. Faculty from the law enforcement intelligence, crime scene investigation and civil engineering programs offered demonstrations of the unique aspects of their programs.

“This event helps us to develop relationships with high school guidance counselors who are helping students planning their futures through their college search and applications,” FSU Panama City Interim Dean Randy Hanna said. “We look forward to working closely with those in K-12 schools to better serve future FSU students.”