New Adrian College students get a ‘Sneak Peek’

Adrian College’s campus was bustling with approximately 1,200 visitors during a “Sneak Peek” day on Friday, July 15. The annual event offers incoming freshmen and their families a brief look at campus accommodations and student life.

Adrian College welcomed approximately 425 new students during the day, and anticipates an incoming class of between 600-650 for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Frank Hribar, Adrian College Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs, said the one day event was a hit with hundreds of excited visitors.

“Many students and parents commented about how helpful it was for them to have their questions addressed before arriving here in August, and were extremely happy to get a tour of campus,” Hribar said.

Visitors browsed the Arrington Bookstore, dined indoors at Ritchie Marketplace or outside at a variety of food trucks, and toured campus facilities. The Sneak Peek days also provided access to residence facilities, including the freshman quad.

Administration and staff members were on hand to answer questions and discuss the upcoming fall semester.

Adrian College President Jeffrey Docking spoke to the freshmen class and said they will receive a great “experience” in addition to a solid education.

“You are going to step into an institution that is really, really proud that you’re here, really student focused and really want you to succeed. And, you will. You are going to be surrounded by hundreds of people who want to launch our students into careers,” Docking said.

Christopher Smith, of Saline, felt right at home visiting campus as his father, J.R., is an Adrian College alum, Class of 88. Christopher came to Adrian because of the close-knit community. He will major in accounting while participating on the cross country team.

“I just like the small school feel, the small classes, and the really tight community,” he said.

Friends gave James Henry a heads up about Adrian College being a great place to continue getting a quality education, and have an opportunity to be on a solid football team. He came to Adrian from St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio. Henry will study business and marketing.

“This is a beautiful campus,” he said. “It feels great to be here!”

Illiana Moreno came from Chicago and is looking forward to being in a smaller community.

“I think to be the best at something you have to step out of your comfort zone,” she said of deciding to be in Michigan for the next four years. She will study criminology at Adrian College.

Sharla Juhas, of Ashley, Michigan, was also impressed with Adrian’s beautiful campus, and felt this was the place for her. She’ll be studying environmental science.

“I came to wrestle for the women’s team,” she said. “But, I’m also here because it’s a smaller school with more of a family feeling to it.”

Many of the incoming students were able to get their college ID and pre-register for their fall classes in anticipation of Welcome Week in August. Students also had the opportunity to meet their new roommates and plan for the fall semester.

“I love the feel of how close the community is,” Audrey Stone said of her decision to be a Bulldog. The Olivet, Michigan native will major in exercise science and athletic training, and join the track team.

Stone’s father and mother, Ryan and Katie, are completely comfortable leaving their daughter in Adrian for the next four years.

“I talked to the security department here a couple of times, and I just love the feel of the campus,” Ryan said.

“Students, you made it! You are going to college!” Docking said as he welcomed the new students. “You are going to make new friends, be on new athletic teams, in new musical groups, student government and eighty-five organizations. It’s going to be absolutely fantastic! For you to be sitting here today, knowing that your future is all in front of you with so many exciting things awaiting you is super cool. To go to a school like this, you can say, I’m not just going to be a number!

“There is not a college or university in this country, in my opinion, that has started so many new majors and minors over the last couple of years. Why have we started this many new majors and minors? Because that’s the way the world is going. These are many of the areas you must have knowledge in to earn that good living.”

Docking concluded his opening remarks by telling the students they will realize in four years that attending Adrian College was the best decision they ever made.