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OUS Admissions Reps Tour State to Help Students Understand College Options

Contact: Endi Hartigan– Communications Associate, OUS, 503-725-5702; endi_hartigan@ous.edu

Source: Susan Stumpf – Admissions, University of Oregon, 541-346-1292, sstumpf@uoregon.edu

Through the annual Fall Visitation, admissions reps from all OUS schools bring college info to over 20,000 students

Portland, OR: September 19, 2011 – Thousands of high school students across Oregon will learn about their in-state college options over the next month as admissions representatives from Oregon’s public universities kick off their annual Visitation Program. A statewide tour to engage and inspire Oregon’s high school students to explore their many degree opportunities, the Oregon University  System’s (OUS) month-long “Fall Tour” launches on September 26th and runs through October 28th.

The final schedule of the Fall Tour and materials such as the OUS Viewbook are available at www.ous.edu/stucoun/counres/visit  For more information on these events, contact Susan Stumpf at sstumpf@uoregon.edu

In 2010, it is estimated that over 20,000 students participated in these outreach events and a similar number is expected this year. Oregon high schools students from 250 participating public and private high schools will take part in Tour presentations this year, and students and school leaders are encouraged to mark their calendars to be sure they don’t miss the events serving their area.  

Now a longstanding tradition, the public universities have coordinated the Fall Tour for over 25 years, and the presentations are important events for Oregon high schools across the state. Admissions representatives from the seven OUS institutions and one branch campus tour by van from Astoria to Lakeview, with over a hundred stops in between, providing key college information to high school students to encourage them to explore their college options. In addition to visiting participating high schools in Southern Oregon, Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, the Oregon coast, Willamette Valley and the Portland Metropolitan area, the tour also includes 6 “Campus Plan” events, at which multiple high schools visit an OUS campus to participate in the Fall Tour presentations. Oregon high schools that are not currently on the schedule of visitations as well as home schooled students are encouraged to attend one of the Campus Plan presentations.

Joe Holliday, OUS assistant vice chancellor for student success initiatives, commended the admissions staff for this successful annual collaboration: “The fall tour is a truly a remarkable collaboration between all of our campus admissions personnel and Oregon high schools. High school students and counselors value and appreciate the events and face-to-face conversations with admissions staff, and the admissions reps do a great job expanding students’ awareness of the wide variety of diverse and quality programs our public universities offer. Many high school students don’t know just how many opportunities they have right here in Oregon.”

At each tour event, students learn about the unique offerings of Oregon’s eight campuses as well as admissions guidelines, financial aid information, college costs, and program offerings that can help and inspire them while planning for the future. Students learn from a general college preparatory presentation,, have the opportunity to ask questions of campus representatives, and receive materials including the OUS Viewbook and campus brochures. The Viewbook, also available as an e-book online at www.ous.edu, is an introductory booklet for prospective freshman and transfer students and provides a comprehensive overview of Oregon's public university options, including profiles of each institution, a listing of all academic programs, as well as information on applying, costs, deadlines, and financial aid opportunities.                   

Mark Bottorf, director of admissions at Southern Oregon University, and chair of the inter-institutional committee behind the Tour, said, “The Fall Tour is an amazing opportunity for us to engage with students about finding the right college fit and helping them understand the uniqueness among Oregon’s public universities.  It’s also a very important outcome of our collaboration with our high school partners in the state.”

The responsibility for coordinating the Fall Tour currently rotates among OUS campuses every two years, with University of Oregon coordinating the events for 2011. The OUS Chancellor’s Office partners with universities to develop materials and disseminate information about the events.  OUS, community college and private partners also collaborate to coordinate a similar tour but for prospective community college transfer students, Oregon Transfer Days, which will kick off in the Winter of 2012. A schedule of Oregon Transfer Days events is available at: oracrao.org/oregon-transfer-days/ 

Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services, and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu.

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