UHV prepares to welcome prospective students at Jaguar Day

Prospective students pose with jaX the Jaguar during a previous Jaguar Day. The next Jaguar Day will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan 30.

High school seniors and other prospective students will have the opportunity to visit the University of Houston-Victoria as they consider which college to attend.

UHV is hosting its second Jaguar Day of the school year from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30. The event is open to all prospective students including freshmen, transfer students and graduate students. Attendees can come and go throughout the day. Check-in will take place at Jaguar Hall, 2705 Houston Highway.

Billy Lagal

“This is a valuable opportunity for students to explore the campus and gain some firsthand knowledge about UHV,” said Billy Lagal, UHV director of admissions and student recruitment. “It’s important that we offer them the chance to get to know UHV as they start applying for colleges and considering their options for the future.”

During the open house, attendees can tour campus, meet with admissions staff and talk with faculty members about degree programs. jaX the Jaguar will be there to welcome prospective students, and attendees also can purchase UHV items.

At least two high schools from out of the area are planning to bus students to UHV to take part in the Jan. 30 event.

“In the spring, we tend to start seeing a different set of students than we do in the fall,” Lagal said. “In the fall, students often are considering and exploring their options. By the spring, some students already have started the application process.”

Jaguar Days in the spring allow applicants to become familiar with the campus and give them an opportunity to get in-person guidance about how to fill out the forms and what paperwork needs to be submitted.

Participants also can learn about student life activities, athletics programs, student jobs and internships, and student support offerings, including tutoring and success coach mentoring. Lunch is provided at Jaguar Hall Dining.

A residence hall tour will showcase rooms, fitness areas, student lounges, kitchens and computer labs. Participants also can ride the UHV shuttle buses to visit the rest of campus. To become more familiar with Victoria, shuttle tours of the city will be offered at 10:45 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

As Jaguar Days have become more popular, there also has been a larger response from UHV’s offices and academic schools, Lagal said.

“There’s been great buy-in from all areas of the university,” he said. “We’ve had more faculty and staff participation from all of the academic schools this year. It’s become an all-hands-on-deck event, and it’s very successful in reaching future students.”

The last Jaguar Day will be on Feb. 27. To sign up to attend any of the Jaguar Days, visit

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.