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University to host school counseling, admissions professionals


It is not unusual for Undergraduate Admissions to host prospective students and their parents and guardians for campus visits, but on Wednesday, Sept. 12, OHIO will welcome a different set of visitors – almost 350 college admissions advisers and high school counselors from across Central and Southeast Ohio.

The event is part of the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling's annual Articulation event, which was last hosted at OHIO in 2008.

Historically, the program has reached out to large metropolitan areas of Central, Southwest, Northwest, and Northeast Ohio, which makes it difficult to serve high school counselors and their students in Southeast Ohio. OHIO hosting the program provides an opportunity for counselors to visit campus and experience what their students will in the upcoming months.

"It is a great opportunity to showcase the campus to individuals who serve high school students in the college search process, but may not have been to our campus previously ," said Kevin Witham, senior
associate director for Undergraduate Admissions. "It is our responsibility to support the Appalachian region and state with outreach programs that contribute to education."

Articulation, which will also be held at three other locations around the state, is a vital opportunity to encourage communication among admissions and school counseling professionals, as well as provide them an opportunity to receive updates on standardized testing and financial aid. Attending professionals will also learn more about colleges and universities in and around Ohio.

High school counselors will have the opportunity to attend a counselors college fair in the Convocation Center, where admissions representatives from private, public, two-year, and four-year Ohio colleges and universities will be available to provide information about their institutions. The day concludes with an optional tour of campus.

"At this time of year my seniors are beginning the college admissions process," said Sharon Berry, counselor at Athens High School. "The information gleaned from Articulation allows me to give them updated information so that they can make better decisions in regards to their future."

Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit will welcome attendees to campus.

"It's an honor to have Dr. Benoit speak at this year's event," said Witham. "She has such an impact on Ohio University, and I'm excited that so many influential educators will have the opportunity to hear from her and see how seriously the University takes our academic offerings."