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2017 News Fall College Fair
October 16, 2017 : OUC College Fair


Over 260 high school students attended the OUC College Fair on Oct. 11, 2017 in the Shoemaker Center at Ohio University Chillicothe. Both the Chillicothe and Athens Campus of Ohio University were represented in addition to more than 40 colleges and universities, branches of the Armed Forces, and various scholarship and loan programs. This year the event took place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. instead of the typical evening format. “The change came about after several years of declining attendance,” said John Fisher, Director of Student Services. “For the past few years we had considered moving the fair to a daytime event. After last year we knew it was time for a change and our attendance this year proved it. We had the largest group of students to-date and we look forward to it growing even larger.” The change in time gave high schools the opportunity to bus their students to the college fair and area high schools were invited to attend. Bus-loads of juniors and seniors came from Paint Valley, Pickaway-Ross, Unioto, and Zane Trace. Next year, OUC hopes to receive more participation from area high schools. The OUC College Fair is the only OACAC approved event in Ross County.

Those who attended the college fair were able to explore degree and transfer options, admission requirements, costs of attendance, financial aid as well as scholarship opportunities. It is important that our area students realize the opportunities that are available to them. Fisher stated, “For some students, it will be their first contact with a college representative. For others, it will offer a chance to further investigate some schools and ask follow-up questions. As long as we are making this information available to prospective students we are making a difference.”

The event is for both prospective and current students as well as their parents. Neeley Allen, OUC Student Recruitment Coordinator states, “The college fair started as part of our transfer mission here at OUC. Our mission is to offer educational opportunities to students in our region that will help prepare them to successfully relocate to the Athens Campus or transfer to another four-year institution to finish their degree. We understand that by opening our doors for other institutions to provide educational materials that we are giving the opportunity for prospective students to go elsewhere, but that’s reality. Not all graduating seniors are going to attend OUC and that’s okay. As a college representative I understand the importance of a college degree and I am an advocate for college. OUC is not the perfect fit for everyone; however, OUC provides a wonderful opportunity.