Lancaster – It’s the time of year where high school students start to really narrow down their choices for college, and adults make a New Year’s resolution to go back to school. Enrollment and admissions officials at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington encourage future college students to take the time to visit the campuses that they are considering.
“Every college they’re interested in, they should visit,” said Lancaster Campus Admissions Representative Nate Thomas. “Seeing it first hand and talking with the people that will be helping you through the process is crucial.”
The Ohio University Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center offer future students the opportunity to visit and ask questions. On the Lancaster Campus, students can attend a “High School Visit Day.” At the Pickerington Center, “Visit Days” are held the first Thursday of every month. Some are held in the morning and are ideal for high school students; others are held in the evening and are ideal for adult students returning to school.
“We try to roll out the red carpet for them on that day,” said Thomas. “We provide a campus overview and facilitate an admissions/enrollment procedures discussion. We talk about financial aid and scholarships; then we have our current students conduct a tour for our future students.”
“Visit Days” have been going on since November. There is one at each location monthly. The next one in Pickerington is scheduled for February 6 at 6 p.m. The next one in Lancaster is January 24 at 9 a.m.
Thomas said students seeking scholarships should try to come to one of the February visits because March 1 is the scholarship application deadline.
“Coming to see the campus in person is different from driving by it every day,” said Thomas. “You can learn a lot about what goes on here and about the process for scholarships, financial aid and applications. Any high school student who visits on one of the formal dates at Lancaster or Pickerington can file an application without the fee. So, that saves them $20.00.”
If a student is interested in signing up for a visit day, they can do so online at www.ohio.edu/lancaster/about/visit.
“We’re an open admissions campus, so our enrollment process is ongoing. It’s all about opportunity and access to college,” said Thomas. “The tuition for a year here is about $5,000. Our costs are comparable to other commuter campuses in the state of Ohio. Tuition at residential campuses is approximately $10,500 annually. Plus you add another $10,500 or $11,000 for room and board, and your price tag is somewhere above $21,000 a year. The regional campus is a very affordable way to get a major college education.”
The Lancaster Campus offers 14 associate’s degree programs and nine bachelor’s degree majors along with master’s degree programs at the Pickerington Center. Students can also start degrees on the Lancaster Campus or Pickerington Center and complete them at another regional campus or the main campus in Athens.
“We have students stay with us and complete their degrees. We have students who do the first two years here and transfer to our main campus. They have 250 majors there,” said Thomas. “So, it can be a stepping stone to our main campus, and we’re supportive of that. No matter what your intent is, we feel we could be the right fit for you for part of your education or all of it.”