Open House 2019 greets the next crop of MRU students

New Student Registration will take place in April 2020



Mount Royal University’s 2019 Open House was as personal and welcoming as the institution itself. The entire university campus was on display for thousands of attendees, who were greeted by a small army of more than 300 faculty, student and staff representatives.

“Despite the difficult weather, thousands of people chose to come and discover what makes Mount Royal University unique,” says Dave McLean, director of marketing. “We're thankful that our students, alumni, faculty and staff are all invested sharing the Mount Royal experience."

A number of prospective students’ parents identified themselves as alumni, and were pleased to be able to bring their child back to a place where they had started their own post-secondary experience, and that has continued to grow to meet the needs of today’s learners.

One of Mount Royal’s most attractive draws is the campus itself, and guests were encouraged to move about and discover the University’s state-of-the-art labs, studios and research centres at one of the many faculty-lead discovery sessions. Ross Glen Hall in the Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning was the hub for admissions, where information about the various ways prospective students can apply to the programs of their choice was presented. Guests could also sign up for tours of the campus and Residence. Participation in campus tours and info sessions was strong ― consistent with the 11 per cent of guests who have participated in the past. This year, with more than 200 guests taking part in the Residence tour ― staff added an additional session to accommodate the demand.

As guests and their supporters left the buildings they were asked to fill out a survey (if they wished) to rate their experience and to potentially win a $500 gift certificate for the Cougars Campus Store to be put towards their books. The results were exceptional.

  • How would you rate your Open House experience overall? Seventy-five per cent responded with a five out of five.
  • How would you describe your interactions with MRU faculty, staff and students on campus? Eighty-nine per cent responded with a five out of five.
  • Eighty-four per cent said that Open House helped clarify their decision to attend Mount Royal.
  • Seventy-two per cent said they would apply to Mount Royal after their experience, with 27 per cent saying they already had.

Online engagement was particularly high this year, advancing MRU’s brand messaging with an enhanced Open House website and targeted social media posts. This digital approach to connecting with prospective students enables us to share the You Belong Here brand and encourage applications long after Open House ends, throughout the recruitment period.

It’s MRU’s commitment to providing an exceptional undergraduate experience that consistently differentiates it from other institutions of the same size. And current students have a lot to say about the high calibre of their education.





"Mount Royal strives to provide students with an increasing number of program options to meet the demands of today's learners and the needs of tomorrow's economy,” says Phil Warsaba, associate vice-president, Planning, International and Enrolment and University Registrar. “We know students who pursue an MRU degree will belong to a community of students who report higher satisfaction rates than the national average, and graduates will be highly sought after by employers."

Prospective Fall 2020 students will learn if they have been accepted to Mount Royal in November this year, and may choose to attend New Student Registration in April 2020, when skilled advisors will walk them through how to organize their first year of university to get the most out of their experience.


Save the date for next year’s Open House ― Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.


Oct. 30, 2019 — Michelle Bodnar

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