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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 City’s City, West and Regina High Schools the opportunity to expand their familiarity with the UI’s 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 there’s a wealth of opportunity offered at the school "in their own backyard," Bassett says.

Students may make reservations to attend this year’s 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