Department signs are held up during tours to seperate prospective students to their majors for Mustangs Rally, an event for prospective students, parents, and guest to vist college life at Midwestern State University, on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Photo by Francisco Martinez (Francisco Martinez)
Department signs are held up during tours to seperate prospective students to their majors for Mustangs Rally, an event for prospective students, parents, and guest to vist college life at Midwestern State University, on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Photo by Francisco Martinez

Francisco Martinez

More than 700 students attend Mustangs Rally

March 24, 2018

Chatter and excitement from eager faces filled D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Hosted once a semester, Mustangs Rally is a large open house for prospective students to explore campus and connect with students to feel comfortable in the community.

“We invite any and everybody that wants to attend that’s considering MSU as their possible university is welcome to attend,” Gayonne Beavers, director of admissions, said. “I’m relatively new here, but it has been a long-standing tradition here for prospective students.”

According to Beavers, a total of 750 people, 306 being enrolled students, attended this year’s Mustangs Rally, more than last year’s totals of 678 people with 247 students. Because MSU is the only public liberal arts institution in Texas, Beavers said it is “a little unique in Texas.”


“Not everyone understands what it means to be a liberal arts institution, so we talked to them about being able to get that private education experience but at a public school price which, in this day and age, can be a huge benefit for students,” Beavers said.

According to Leah Hickman, associate admissions director,  the program has been going on for almost 20 years, and through this students are able to see the aspect the campus offers that can’t bee expressed over pamphlets, posters or postcards.

“The campus is beautiful, and the programs they offer have definitely caught my eye,” Alex Flores, prospective student, said.

Along with Flores, Victoria Frias, another prospective student, said the unique feel of the campus allows people to feel a part of the college environment.

“It’s really beneficial if you want to get a better grasp of the school and get a better feeling for it,” she said. “This a cool thing to come visit.”

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