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Oregon Public Universities team up to help students understand college opportunities


Contact: Di Saunders – Director of Communications, OUS, 503-725-5714; Cell: 971-219-6869
Source: Christina Mackey – Admissions, Portland State University and OUS Fall Tour Coordinator 503-725-5508

OUS Fall Visitation Program brings admissions officers from Oregon's 7 public universities to high schools statewide

Portland, OR, September 22, 2009 – George Pernsteiner, chancellor of the Oregon University System, announced that Oregon’s seven public universities are kicking off the OUS Visitation Program, a statewide tour to engage and inspire Oregon’s high school students to pursue their college dreams at a state university. The six-week “Fall Tour” launches on September 28th, and runs through October 31st. The 2008 tour provided college outreach to approximately 17,500 students across the state, and a similar turn-out is expected this year. Students and school leaders are encouraged to mark their calendars to be sure they don’t miss the event serving their area.  

Admissions officers from Oregon’s seven OUS campuses and the OSU-Cascades branch campus tour by van from the Oregon Coast to Eastern Oregon, and everywhere in between, providing key college information to Oregon high school students to encourage them to explore their college options. Rob Findtner, admissions director for Western Oregon University and current chair of the tour committee coordinating, says, “The admissions officers involved in the OUS Fall Visitation Program always enjoy showing college-bound students what is possible and motivating those who are considering whether to pursue college. It’s an exciting collaborative effort among the universities, who present on their own and with sister schools statewide to help Oregon students choose the best fit for their college pursuits.”

OUS presents to 240 participating high schools in Southern Oregon, Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, the Oregon coast, and the Portland Metropolitan area. The tour also hosts 7 campus events at which high schools can visit an OUS campus to hear the Fall Tour presentations; Oregon high schools that are not currently on the schedule of visitations are encouraged to have their students attend one of the campus plans hosted at each institution.

At each tour event, students hear about the unique offerings of each of Oregon’s seven public universities as well as admissions guidelines, financial aid information, college costs, and core college requirements that can help and inspire them while planning for the future. Students hear a presentation from admissions directors, have the opportunity to ask questions, talk to campus representatives, and receive campus brochures as well as the OUS Viewbook. The Viewbook, freshman and transfer admissions brochure 2010-11, is an introductory brochure for prospective students providing an overview of Oregon's seven public universities and branch campus, including profiles of each institution, a listing of academic programs at all campuses, as well as information on applying, costs, and financial aid guidelines.  The Viewbook includes important dates and deadlines for students who will be applying for college during the coming year, and entering college in 2010-2011, and is available online at www.ous.edu, under Featured Documents.

Joe Holliday, OUS assistant vice chancellor for student success initiatives, commended the admissions directors for their important work: “This successful collaboration among the universities gives Oregon students the opportunity to learn about all 7 universities in one presentation, hearing key information on the wide variety of excellent academic programs and unique campus experiences right here in Oregon, and to realize their college and career goals.”

The responsibility for coordinating the Fall Tour rotates among OUS campuses every two years, with Portland State University coordinating the effort for 2009-10. The OUS Chancellor’s office also partners with the universities to develop materials and the Viewbook publication for the events. For more information on the OUS Fall Tour, please contact the current coordinator for more information, Christina Mackey, at mackeyc@pdx.edu.

OUS, community college and private partners also collaborate to coordinate a similar tour, Oregon Transfer Days, in the Winter of 2010 specifically for prospective community college transfer students. More information on Oregon Transfer Days can be found at: http://www.oracrao.org/OTD/index.html

Oregon University System comprises seven distinguished public universities, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu

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