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OUS Campuses Collaborate in Annual “Fall Tour” of High Schools across Oregon

Contact: Endi Hartigan– Communications Associate, OUS, 503-725-5702; endi_hartigan@ous.edu
Source: Zachary Person and David Compton– Tour Coordinators, Western Oregon University, 503-838-8199, oustour@wou.edu

Through the annual Fall Visitation, universities will reach over 25,000 students with college info

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 Zachary Person at oustour@wou.edu.

Portland, OR: September 13, 2012– 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 24th and runs through October 26th.

Tour leaders expect to serve approximately 25,500 students this year through the outreach events, an anticipated increase of about 5,000 students from last year’s program. Oregon high schools students from 265 participating public and private high schools will take part in Tour presentations, and students and school leaders are encouraged to mark their calendars to be sure they don’t miss the events serving their area.  

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 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 “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, praised the admissions leaders for this successful annual collaboration: “The Fall Tour gives high school students a chance to ask questions and meet representatives from every Oregon public university in one day, and to go home not only more informed but also inspired about their college futures. This is a great collaboration among the campuses that promotes opportunity for Oregon students across the state.”

At each tour event, students learn about the unique offerings of Oregon’s 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, provides prospective freshman and transfer students a comprehensive overview of Oregon's public university options, including profiles of each institution, a listing of all academic programs, and information on applying, costs, deadlines, and financial aid opportunities.                   

Melissa Trifiletti, director of new student programs at Portland State University, and chair of the committee that leads the Tour, said, “The Fall Tour is a great opportunity for the seven public Universities to engage with students about finding the right college fit, and an important collaboration with our high school partners. The Oregon University System is fortunate to have a variety of unique institutions from small to large, rural to urban, and we encourage Oregon high school students to take advantage of in-state tuition rates, as well as the tremendous range of programs, campuses, and opportunities right here in their home state.” 

The Tour is also a longstanding collaboration between Oregon high schools and all of the OUS campus admissions personnel to expand students’ awareness of the wide variety of diverse and quality programs that Oregon’s public universities offer. The responsibility for coordinating the Fall Tour currently rotates among OUS campuses every two years, with Western Oregon University coordinating the events for 2012. The OUS Chancellor’s Office partners with the 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 2013. A schedule of Oregon Transfer Days events is available at: oracrao.org/oregon-transfer-days/

The Oregon University System 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 fifteen members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu.

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