Lancaster – It's the time of year where high school students start to really narrow down their choices for college. Enrollment and admissions officials at Ohio University Lancaster encourage students 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 key."
The Ohio University Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center offer students the opportunity to visit and ask questions. On the Lancaster Campus, students can attend a "High School Visit Day."
"We try to roll out the red carpet for them on that day. We have a welcome from the Director of Enrollment Pat Fox," said Thomas. "I give a campus overview and an admissions/enrollment procedures discussion. Then, Pat comes back and talks about financial aid and scholarships. Then, we have our students give a tour of campus."
"High School Visit Days" have been going on since November. There is one each month. The next one scheduled is near the end of February. The event starts at 9 a.m. and runs about two hours.
Thomas said students seeking scholarships should try to come to the February visit because March 1 is the scholarship application deadline.
"Coming to see the campus in person is different than 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."
Visit days are held on the first Thursday of every month at the Pickerington Center.
"We provide a tour, an overview of campus, a discussion of financial aid and question and answer. Students can use both facilities in the same semester. So, they can benefit from both locations," said Thomas. "And 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."
Visit days are scheduled in Lancaster on February 22, March 22, April 19 and May 17. If a student is interested in signing up that can do so online. They can also call the Student Services Office at 654-6711 ext. 215.
"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 under $5,000. Our costs are comparable to other commuter campuses in the state of Ohio. The residential campuses, it's about $10,500 a year just for tuition. 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 and nine bachelor's degree majors along with four master's degree programs at the Pickerington Center. Students can also start degrees on the Lancaster Campus 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."