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Why SHU students fall for The Hall

It’s college decision season for high school seniors, which means my job as a SHU tour guide has never been more important.

If my peers at Seton Hall know anything about me, it’s that I am a loud and proud member of Blue Crew, the school’s on-campus tour guide job. During my time working for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, I’ve been able to attend countless open houses and events for our darling potential pirates.

Because of this, I know how important a successful and informative open house can be in determining where incoming freshmen will call home for their next four years.

Since SHU’s admissions team is already hard at work getting ready for the Spring 2020 open house on Sunday, April 19, I asked the student body how they knew it was #SHU4YOU.

By using the Instagram story questions feature on both my personal account (@kassidykelly) and my blog account (@kellysblondemomentblog), I was able to receive feedback from my followers on why the village of South Orange became their home away from home.

Megan Scime, a recent graduate from the Stillman School of Business, chose The Hall “because of the incomparable business leadership program.”

The Buccino Leadership Institute requires a separate application and interview process after acceptance into the university. The four-year program was designed to equip standout undergraduate business majors with the tools and skills they need to become industry leaders through specialized workshops and mentorships. The program has been ranked #1 in the nation for the past five years by the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards.

Due to the success the university saw with the business institute, Seton Hall took new measures in 2017 to create leadership programs for the five remaining schools.

Danielle Anthony, junior biology major, simply responded by saying “MONEY!”

According to the university’s website, Seton Hall provides a whopping $96 million each year in scholarship and financial aid to deserving students.

“When I received my scholarship from Seton Hall in the mail, I had to triple check to make sure I read the number correctly,” said Alexa Vanderlinden, junior finance and accounting double major. “My scholarship played a huge role in choosing SHU, as they gave me the most money out of all the schools I was accepted into, which made mom and dad very pleased.”

Sophomore Emma Birney said that “after touring Seton Hall, I fell in love with its small campus and close-knit community. You also can’t beat having New York City as your backyard.”

Just 14 miles from the big apple, Seton Hall is the perfect school for someone who is looking for the best of both worlds.

To gain more insight, I took to twitter (@kellyblondeblog) and conducted a poll based on the most popular Instagram story answers.

With 27 total votes, 40.7% owe their attendance at SHU to the scholarship that the university provided them. 33.3% of voters say that the program for their intended major brought them here, while 22.2% prioritized being close to NYC. Seton Hall Athletics swayed 3.7% into attending.

Thank you to all the voters and participants for taking the time to tell me why #SHU4YOU! Reading your responses made me fall in love with The Hall all over again.

By Kassidy Kelly

PR student, new yorker, self-proclaimed shopaholic and apparently I'm a blogger now, too.
CJOR 3422 @ Seton Hall University

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