Balliol opened its doors on 15 September 2017 to welcome prospective applicants for undergraduate courses - along with parents and teachers - for the third Oxford Open Day of the year.
Visitors were greeted by Balliol’s student volunteers, who offered them a prospectus, a map and one of the ever-popular Balliol bags (1,000 were gone by lunchtime), and directed them to the academic and admissions information hub in the Old Common Room, where they could talk to current students and admissions staff.
A talk by the Tutor for Undergraduate Admissions, 16 talks on individual subjects and tours of the College led by current students were also on offer in order to help prospective applicants find out about studying at Oxford and what it’s like at Balliol.
‘An Open Day is a wonderful occasion at Balliol when staff, students and academics work together to show the College at its best,’ said Vicky Holt (Undergraduate Admissions Administrator). ‘We are enormously grateful to our student volunteers, who were tirelessly enthusiastic in their conversations with prospective applicants about their courses, life at Balliol, and everything that Oxford has to offer at undergraduate level.’
Balliol’s new David Freeman Outreach Officer, Pravahi Osman, said, ‘This was my first Balliol Open Day, and I was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the student ambassadors and their ability to put prospective students at ease. There was a real buzz as people came out of the admissions and subject talks. People left with smiles on their faces and we hope that many of them will decide that they want to apply to Balliol.’