FRANKFORT — From a thrilling performance by the Mighty Marching Thorobreds’ drumline to informative tours led by student ambassadors, Kentucky State University (KSU) impressed more than 680 prospective students and their families at Open House on Saturday, October 29 at the Exum Center.

The Open House’s program kicked off with welcome messages from Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Ms. Francene Gilmer, Kentucky Region Alumni Association President Dr. Margaret Bell Davis, Miss KSU Natalie Grace Berry and Mr. KSU Jalen Jajuan Brown after the continental breakfast.


Members from some of the Greek organizations regaled the crowd with their history and a brief step show. Open House participants also could visit several academic and organizational exhibits between their tours and lunch.  Interim President Dr. Aaron Thompson encouraged students to learn more about the University and its various programs during the visit.  “Just hanging out with all of the kids and families made my day,” Thompson said.

Students, whose ages ranged from elementary to high school, traveled from states such as Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia and Michigan, to get a glimpse of KSU student life.

Troy Christian, who lives in Michigan, attended the Open House with his wife and son. He sent an email to Dr. Thompson praising the University for its “well-mannered student body,” “immaculate landscaping,”  “helpful security,” and “friendly faculty.”

“As a parent of a prospective out of state student, I feel very comfortable with the way this university operates.  … The total experience was something my family and I will not forget, and we look forward to him becoming a freshman Thorobred!”