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Multicultural Visit Program welcomes high school students Oct. 27-28

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 25, 2005) -- The Multicultural Visit Program (MVP) will host 183 students, the largest in the program's history, Oct. 27-28.

Hosted by the Ohio University Recruiting Society, the program provides an opportunity for students from the urban centers of Ohio and multicultural students from the surrounding areas such as Athens, Zanesville and Chillicothe to visit the Athens campus to learn more about Ohio University.

Students will meet with representatives from prospective colleges to learn more about their academic interests. At a resource round-up information fair on Thursday, students have the opportunity to learn about the many academic resources and student organizations on campus.

"The goals of the program are to break down barriers of access for multicultural students who want to take advantage of higher education opportunities and to give prospective students an understanding of the college-going experience," said Stacey Brinkley, associate director of admissions and coordinator of multicultural recruitment.

The program also provides the university with a chance to preserve the legacies of Martha Jane Hunley Blackburn and John Newton Templeton by bringing more diverse young women and men into the higher education pipeline, she said.

Overnight visits have been conducted on campus since the early 1980s. In 1990, the program was named the Minority Access Program, which was changed to the Multicultural Visit Program in 1998.

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