Cheers to the Admissions team for hosting Metropolitan State University of Denver’s most successful Open House ever Oct. 28. The event included numerous breakout sessions, allowing students to explore MSU Denver’s academic programs, scholarship opportunities, campus life and student services. 

It was very positive. The individuals I met with were kind and very informative,” said one future Roadrunner in attendance. “All my questions were answered. This meeting influenced me and made me very excited to start my progress with MSU Denver.” 


“I am so incredibly proud of what the Admissions team has been able to accomplish through our hard work this semester! We consider this event a great improvement from our efforts last fall,” said Alysha Rowzee, coordinator of Recruitment, Visit and Events. “This event is a big undertaking, but it is so worth it when you get to see future Roadrunners faces light up when connecting with our brilliant faculty and staff.” 

By the numbers: 

  • Registrants: 1,015  
    • Total with guests: 2,222  
    • Up over 600 from fall 2022 
  • Attendees: 396  
    • Total with guests: 915  
    • Up over 250 from fall 2022 
  • Percent of registrants attended (with guests): 41% 

The Halloween-themed event included Haunted Campus Tours created by Visit Ambassadors, an application pumpkin patch, an autumnal photo booth, Halloween decorations and music, lots of candy and a Rowdy-O-Lantern sticker. The tabling extension in the Tivoli Turnhalle also helped to avoid congestion.

Feedback from attendees: 

  • “I had an amazing time connecting with like-minded peers and got a deeper understanding for what my life will look like in fall 2024.” 
  • “I got to see the kind of community that encompasses MSU Denver, and I found that there would be a place for me in it.” 
  • “I feel like I belong at MSU Denver. The environment is very welcoming and diverse. I feel comfortable there.” 
  • “I see myself flourishing and thriving at MSU Denver. Something I would have never imagined prior to attending the open house.” 
  • “I see an opportunity for myself to belong at MSU Denver because it is a very diverse school. I like how I am able to make my own choices with housing, and other activities. I feel like MSU Denver has a great community of students that I would love to join.” 
  • Porque fueron demasiado amables.”  
  • “It’s my dream school.”  

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Special thanks to the Admissions team, including:  

  • Vaughn Toland, executive director 
  • Amanda Ryder, director of Undergraduate Admissions 
  • Jill Schmidt, associate director of Admissions, Communications and Events 
  • Vanessa Rey, communications coordinator 
  • Rene Haro-Sipes, communications coordinator 
  • Amy Moody, program assistant 
  • Edwardo Gomez, visit coordinator 
  • Visit Ambassador student employees:  
    • Adian Abbas  
    • Charlie Raygoza 
    • David Brooks 
    • David Rones 
    • Jailene Carrillo 
    • Kate Nyazi  
    • Katelyn McGirt 
    • Kirstie June 
  • Marlynn Rocha-Vasquez, director of Internal Operations 
  • Thuy Phan, executive assistant to the vice president for Student Affairs