CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 19, 1999
High school student recruitment program gives students
close-up look at UI
IOWA CITY Efforts to attract Iowa City area
high school students to the University of Iowa continues Tuesday, Nov. 2 with
Iowa City Visit Day, an Office of Admissions program that brings local juniors
and seniors to campus to explore some of the educational opportunities available
at the UI.
The half-day, up-close campus visit gives students
from Iowa Citys City, West and Regina High Schools the opportunity to
expand their familiarity with the UIs undergraduate programs, student
services, campus, and student organizations.
Organizers of the program say the day is designed
with the student in mind and gives them a chance to meet UI staff, learn about
careers and majors, and ask current UI students questions about cultural,
social, and collegiate life issues.
The Iowa City Visit Day begins at 8 a.m. when students
and their chaperones are transported by charter bus from their area schools
to the UI for campus bus tours, information sessions on general admissions
policies, housing, and financial aid. The morning continues with other programs
such as a question and answer session with current UI students, and presentations
about academic areas of study. It ends at 12:30 p.m. following lunch and UI
student-guided tours of a residence hall.
"Students who live in the local area have differing
ideas about what academic and social life is like at the UI. In many cases,
life as a UI student is very different than what it is perceived to be by
area high school students," says Kathryne Bassett, associate director,
office of admissions.
"The UI has always enrolled a significant number
of Iowa City high school students. Many begin their first year at Iowa, while
others enroll somewhere else and then transfer to the UI.
Iowa City Visit Day encourages local students to visit campus early in the
fall and make a more informed college choice. We want them to know theres
a wealth of opportunity offered at the school "in their own backyard,"
Students may make reservations to attend this years
Iowa City Visit Day by contacting their high school guidance counselor. Students
will find additional information about enrolling at the UI by calling the
Office of Admissions at 335-1566 or on the Web at www.uiowa.edu