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new themes boost social media interaction

SDSU prides itself on being on top of the ever-changing social media landscape.  Within the last couple of years social media has opened countless portals to create personal relationships with current and prospective students. Through mediums like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the SDSU blog, the university can reach more students on a one-to-one level than ever before.

Last week, SDSU Admissions began a new series of posts on its social media outlets. Themed days incorporate Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress to enhance discussion, interaction, and enjoyment. Here is the lineup:

Money Mondays: Each Monday one new scholarship, such as Castle Ink’s Green Scholarship or one of the many SDSU scholarships, will be posted. These awards are a great way to showcase your accomplishments and earn money for college. Don’t wait to get to SDSU to start applying, most awards are available to new and current students.

Money Mondays

Twitter Tuesdays: Each Tuesday Admissions will tweet trivia, ask for TwitPics, or post TwitVids. These complement daily Twitter postings and are designed to encourage you to get involved. Tweet a reply with your SDSU pics, videos, or fun facts and start sharing why it’s great to be an Aztec.

WordPress Wednesday: If you’re reading this post, you’re that much closer to making WordPress Wednesdays a success! Check out all the SDSU blog posts and leave a comment with your thoughts.

Third Degree Thursday: Third degree Thursdays are all about questions. Posts will ask about SDSU news, fun facts, and what you’re doing. How many students graduated from SDSU last year? What’s the best thing about the campus? Do you have any special plans before school starts? –these are just some of the questions we’ll be asking you.

Twitter Tuesdays

SDSU will be adding days, running contests, and improving themed posts throughout summer and fall so stay connected on the Admissions profiles. Social media at San Diego State is about more than updates; it’s a great opportunity to start discussions, connect with other students, and get talking about anything SDSU.

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the top 10 reasons to choose sdsu – here’s 1-5

We’ve narrowed down the countless reasons you should choose SDSU to ten solid points that show how great it is to be an Aztec. Here are reasons 1-5.

1. I want hands-on experience.

Learning at SDSU happens as much outside of the classroom as it does in it. Political science students collect food for the homeless to learn about political fundraising while other programs, like the WebCompass internship, bring together students from multiple majors to learn skills and give back to the community.

2. I want the best programs at the best price.

At SDSU there is a program for every interest. Check out these video clips of current students who found the perfect fit in their major.

3. I want to see the world.

Study abroad is a big deal at SDSU. With the help of SDSU’s advisers you are sure to find a program that fits your major, desired destination, and budget. Whether it’s an alternative spring break, 6-week summer trip, or semester long experience, time abroad gives you a chance to see the world and gain an edge in your future job search.

4. I want to make things happen.

Students were the first to take action on the SDSU Green Love initiative, which has led to the creation of an annual Earth Day celebration and a weekly Farmer’s Market on campus. The Entrepreneur Management Center recently hosted SDSU’s first-ever Entrepreneur Day that gave students a chance to showcase their businesses on campus.

5. I want to continue a legacy.

There is a good reason that SDSU alumni are so active on campus: they know it’s always a great day to be an Aztec. Aztec connections run deep to local businesses and community leaders who get you involved with internships, job opportunities, and scholarships in every area of study. With all SDSU has to offer, it’s no wonder everyone wants to be an Aztec for life.

Check back early next week for reasons 6-10 to choose SDSU. Admitted students – don’t forget that your Intent to Enroll is due by May 1! You’re spot is waiting for you, what will you do with it?

~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services

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College Week Live spring fair

College Week Live Online College Fair

The spring College Week Live online college fair is coming up next week. If you haven’t already registered, you can register online. The online college fair will take place Wednesday and Thursday, March 24 and 25. Be sure to log in to get a virtual look at San Diego State. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, you can check out our booth and attend online workshops that will help your college search and transition.

The SDSU booth has a new look and some new content including an Aztec for Life video and other tools to keep you connected. You can plan your fair using the College Week Live agenda, which includes guidance on test preparation, applications, college decisions, and much more.

The fair serves as an information session for students who cannot get to a live college fair or visit the SDSU campus in person. Students from all over the country can get some insight into San Diego State via our virtual booth. Of course nothing can beat a visit to San Diego, so if you can make it out, schedule a campus tour today.

SDSU booth at College Week Live

SDSU's booth at the College Week Live online college fair.

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Admissions social media offers more than updates

By now you’ve probably heard how into social media we are at SDSU. It’s popping up in the classroom, social scene, business world, and pretty much everywhere you look. It’s no doubt that students and professionals of all ages can benefit from using social media – whether it’s connecting with friends, interacting with news stories, or keeping up with events around campus.

The newest way the SDSU Office of Admissions is using social media to connect with students is through picture and video posts on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to follow us so you can see interesting places on campus and other fun picture posts, as well as new video clips where we talk with current students about life at SDSU.

To get started, we headed to Centennial Walkway and asked students about their majors to find out how their programs are helping them make SDSU their own. Up first is a Nutrition major who wants to use her healthy eating knowledge to become an entrepreneur.

Nutrition major video clip

Check out her video and watch for more throughout next week via Facebook and Twitter.

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what’s ahead in spring 2010

Fall application time is over and now a new set of students are starting their search to make application decisions the next time around. San Diego State has some great things planned this spring for prospective students, as well as the newly admitted.

Taking it to the streets

SDSU admissions counselors will be on the move this spring with visits to both local and out-of-area schools. If you’re from out-of-state keep updated with our SDSU on the Road Web site for locations and schedules for out-of-state visits. Counselors and student recruiters will also be popping up at local high schools and college fairs throughout the spring semester so check with your school counselor to connect with us. Don’t forget that the best way to get a feel for campus is to see it for yourself, so if you’re in the area make sure to sign up for a campus tour.

Going virtual

If you can’t make it to campus this spring or just want a closer look, you can go on your own virtual tour of SDSU. You can surf through pictures and descriptions of all the best spots on campus.

SDSU's booth at the College Week Live online college fair.

SDSU's booth at the College Week Live online college fair.

You can see also 360 views of multiple buildings and popular spots at SDSU through the 360 eCampus Tour.

On March 24 and 25, SDSU will once again be bringing you its virtual college fair booth at the College Week Live online college fair. Admissions counselors and current students will be online to chat in real time about SDSU and answer your admissions questions. Video chat will also be made available this spring to make the virtual college fair even more personable.

Explore SDSU Open House

Explore SDSU Open House Web Site

Explore SDSU Open House is your chance to check out everything SDSU.

This is the “must-see” event for admitted and prospective students. Representatives from every department, major, and organization will be on campus to answer your questions and give you a taste of life at San Diego State. You can sign up for workshops, attend the organization fair, and much more.

Be sure to check out the Explore SDSU Web site and RSVP as soon as possible. You can also read more about the event in one of my other blogs.

~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services

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WebPortal = Your Portal for SDSU Business

Now that applications are done, you may be wondering what to do next. It might seem like all you can do is wait. But there are a few things you can do now using the SDSU WebPortal – which is your personal hub for SDSU admissions information and updates.

You’ve just applied
If you haven’t done so already, set up your SDSU WebPortal account using your RedID, which is sent to you soon after you apply. With a WebPortal account, you will be able to check your admissions status and apply for housing.

You should also check your contact information and make sure to update your e-mail or mailing address if needed. Otherwise, SDSU may not be able to contact you.

You’ve been admitted
As an admitted student on the WebPortal, you can submit your Intent to Enroll and check to see if important documents – like your official transcripts and housing license agreement – have been received by the university.

Another benefit of the WebPortal is that you can create a free sdsu.edu e-mail address. This free e-mail account offers e-mail storage and can also be used to get student discounts and access to other student-only Web sites.

As an SDSU Aztec, the WebPortal will be your link to things like class schedules, registration, and grades. You can also print unofficial transcripts anytime you want, and vote for Associated Students student government officers.

Screenshot of the SDSU WebPortal home page.

The SDSU WebPortal offers you a user-friendly interface to take care of university business. It helps you to stay organized and keep up on requirements. Don’t wait until you are admitted or on campus to start preparing for life at SDSU. Create your WebPortal account today!

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Admissions Counselor Perspective

Ever wonder what it’s like to be an admissions counselor? Their job is to guide students through every step of the application process and provide the link between students and a university. Not an easy job at SDSU, one of the most sought-after universities in the country.

This week I sat down with SDSU admissions counselors Azizi James and Malerie McNeill to get their perspective on this busy time of year.

Q: What is your number one goal in interacting with prospective students?

Azizi James, SDSU Admissions Counselor

Azizi James, SDSU Admissions Counselor

Malerie McNeill, SDSU Admissions Counselor

AJ: To make sure they are informed about the application process, so that they can successfully apply to SDSU.

MM: To make a connection and have SDSU stand out in their mind as a top choice institution.

Q: What do you do to reach students?

MM: Listen to them. Each student has a different path they want to take to reach their goals. We have so many amazing programs at SDSU, and I know that they will find what they need to succeed … they just need to know it is here.

Q: How do you think students benefit from personal contact with you or other admissions counselors?

AJ: I think they see that there is an actual person interested in them, and that allows them to develop a relationship with a real person. Students and high school counselors seem to be more comfortable talking to me in person, and in turn it makes them feel comfortable calling or e-mailing me if they have questions.

Q: What is one thing students should be doing during the application process, but aren’t?

MM: Making sure that they visit the campus. Many students tell me that when they come to campus, they can tell at first step that SDSU is the place for them.

Q: Why should SDSU be a student’s number one choice?

AJ: Because it is a beautiful campus in the best city in America, and they have an opportunity to get a high quality education for a very reasonable price!

MM: As an SDSU alum, I feel that at SDSU you can become a name and not just a number. It became my home.

For details on the SDSU admissions process, please visit the Admissions Web site. Fall 2010 applications are due by 11:59 PST on Monday, November 30, 2009.

~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, SDSU Enrollment Services

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