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Discovery Day programs bring prospective students to campus


Campus tours might seem a little larger than usual this Saturday, Sept. 29 as Undergraduate Admissions welcomes prospective students and their families to OHIO Discovery Day.

Discovery Day is a one-day event hosted for high school seniors and their families interested in learning more about what OHIO has to offer. The event is hosted two more Saturdays during the fall semester, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.

OHIO Discovery Day includes an OHIO overview session, a campus resource fair, the opportunity to have lunch in a dining hall, time to explore the Uptown area, and a student-guided walking tour of the historic campus.

An hour-long academic session is also offered to allow prospective students an opportunity to meet with staff or faculty in their desired academic department, school, or college to discuss major offerings, coursework, and research opportunities.

"Discovery Day is an all-inclusive campus visit," said Kevin Witham, senior associate director for Undergraduate Admissions. "The day offers students an in-depth view of campus and builds in that vital time needed to talk with staff and faculty about the promise of OHIO and our outstanding academic programs. Being able to really envision themselves as Bobcats, both in and out of the classroom, is key in helping students choose OHIO."

In recent years, Undergraduate Admissions has hosted this event twice annually, but this year it added a third date to better accommodate prospective high school students and their parents. With this extra date in place, Undergraduate Admissions is expecting more than 2,000 visitors across all three dates.

"We want to make the cut as one of these students' top choices," said Witham. "Students who attend a campus visit are more likely to apply, and with what Discovery Day has to offer, we hope to make that decision to apply to Ohio University an easy one."