Fall is officially here and for all of you college and university event planners struggling to brainstorm for the next few months, we're here to help. Take a look at some proposed student event ideas for this fall so that you can put on fun and engaging events to showcase your higher ed brand.
With fall comes cooler temperatures and if you've spent your last 3 months in the unforgiving Alabama heat like we have, it comes as a relief. It also offers the opportunity to have numerous events outdoors where it would have been too hot over the summer. Things like a hiking or camping trip to your local state park, outdoor film screenings that are BYOB (bring your own blankets), events at a local apple orchard, pumpkin patch, or just providing fresh cider on the concourse can all be fun activities that take advantage of the time of year. Any number of outdoor activities are perfect for the cool (but not yet cold) months of fall.
What else does this time of year mean besides cooler weather? College football. While providing the beer and liquor for students could turn into a liability nightmare waiting to happen, having a watch party in the stadium for your away game could be a memorable (read: safe) activity for students. Likewise, a tailgate tent providing food for students before a home game is always a popular choice that will get students to come to you. Pep rally-type events before your rivalry games can also offer a chance to connect with students during the season and get them pumped up for the big game. That 12th man on defense can be a big momentum changer.
Have pumpkin carvings out on the green space during the day for students to stop by between classes. Decorate a building on campus as a haunted house for a night leading up to Halloween. Heck, have a costume contest! If there's one thing for certain, Americans love Halloween so you best take advantage of it! Not much new here as most things Halloween are considered an "oldie but a goodie."
Fun may not be the word that a lot of students would use for this type of event but not all student events are all about fun. Seniors looking for a spring internship before they graduate or underclassmen wanting to get ahead of the pack can make use of internship, career and job fairs. How do you think I got this internship writing for you right now? I know, you're shocked it wasn't from my charming personality alone.
Besides, internships can be the key to your students' eventual careers. Don't just take my word for it though. According to Forbes, "69% of companies with 100 or more employees offered full-time jobs to their interns in 2012." That number is only expected to go up over the next few years. While it may not seem fun in the meantime, having a job upon graduating certainly will be for your students.
Use these event ideas to inspire you or just take them and pawn them off as your own, we don't care! If you're looking for more on how to be an effective higher ed marketer, check out our FREE eBook below, "A University's Tool Kit for Launching a Remarkable Campaign." It may just give you the insight you need to engage with students, parents, alumni and faculty in the way that you've been wanting to. And if you're looking ahead already, check out a few college event ideas for spring.