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OHIO Up Close program begins Friday

Admissions event expected to bring 1,200 people to campus

Undergraduate Admissions will host the first of five OHIO Up Close visitation programs on Friday, Feb. 24.

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 academic excellence.

Candace Boeninger, assistant vice provost for enrollment management and director of Undergraduate Admissions, calls the event a critical factor in a student's college search process.

"The most important component of this program is the opportunity for admitted students and their families to interact up close and personally with our faculty, staff, and current students," Boeninger said. "It is often during those conversations that students and their families make the decision to choose OHIO as their college home."

The program, which will also take place on March 2, 9 and 30 and April 6, is expected to bring 1,200 admitted first-year and prospective transfer students and their families to the Athens campus over the five 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.

It's imperative for the OHIO community to showcase the excellence and opportunities students will partake in once they become a Bobcat.

According to Ken Sampson, associate dean for academics in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, students who attend OHIO Up Close get a better impression of campus and personal attention with student ambassadors and faculty.

"I often have current students tell me that taking part in OHIO Up Close was a major factor in their final decision to enroll in the Russ College," Sampson said. "It is crucial that faculty and staff take the time to welcome these admitted students and to really showcase what we have to offer and what makes our programs the best."

Each student will also be able to take a walking tour 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 for their needs.

Out-of-state students have the opportunity to attend a lunch in a dining hall with Out-of-State Ambassadors, an organization of current students from outside of Ohio. 

On March 9 and 30 and April 6, there will be a Multicultural Student Perspective lunch. This opportunity allows students from disproportionately underrepresented populations 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.

Undergraduate Admissions is encouraging visitors and the OHIO community to further interact throughout each day by joining the conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #OHIOUpClose.

High school seniors who have already been admitted to OHIO are welcome to register for Up Close by visiting http://www.ohio.edu/admissions/upclose and prospective transfer students can register by visiting http://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.