Feb 18, 2011
By Samantha Bartlett
Undergraduate Admissions will host the first of six Ohio University Up Close visitation programs on Friday, Feb. 25.
The visit is designed exclusively to answer students' and their families' questions about the next steps in the path to enrollment while offering the opportunity for them to learn more about OHIO's
According to Kevin Witham, senior associate director of undergraduate admissions, the students attending Up Close are at a critical point in the college decision process.
"Many of these students are making those final decisions about where they'll be comfortable living, yet be academically challenged and engaged for the next few years," Witham said. "Some have visited the campus before, but for many, this may be their first and last visit before making that crucial decision."
The program, which will also take place March 4 and 11; April 1, 8, and 29, is expected to bring 1,200 admitted first-year and prospective transfer students and their families to the Athens campus over the six dates. Guests will attend a welcome session, academic information session, parent and student question-and-answer sessions, and a resource fair, where they can learn about everything from student services to campus organizations.
Each student will also be able to take walking tours of campus, activate the OHIO ID and submit a housing contract and deposit, which confirms intent to enroll.
OHIO wants to make sure visitors feel at home on the bricks, and there will be additional options for some students to learn about opportunities specific to their needs.
Out-of-state students have the opportunity to attend lunch in a dining hall with Out-of-State Ambassadors, an organization of current students from outside of Ohio.
On March 4 and April 1, there will be a Multicultural Student Perspective lunch. This invitation-only lunch is for students from disproportionately underrepresented populations. Visiting students
and families will be able to learn about campus resources for multicultural students and hear from current students, faculty and alumni about their experiences.
Transfer students will have the chance to attend an information session to learn how credits transfer and specific requirements for earning a degree. Current students who have transferred to OHIO will be available to talk about their experiences with the process.
An OHIO Coffee Hour, a new component of the program, will be available for local students and dependents of OHIO employees on March 11 and April 29. Students and their parents will be able to learn about the opportunities for commuters as well as the benefits of living on campus.
University Human Resources will discuss employee's educational benefits and students will have time to meet other local students and families.
According to Witham, this visit can be a great opportunity for the University community.
"Up Close allows us to really showcase OHIO's academic excellence and the promise students can find here. It's important for our future students and the future of the University."
High school seniors who have already been admitted to OHIO are welcome to register for Up Close by visiting www.ohio.edu/admissions/visit, and prospective transfer students can register by visiting www.ohio.edu/admissions/transfer/ohioupclose.cfm. Students can also register for Up Close or a regular visit by contacting Undergraduate Admissions at 740-593-4100.