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Ohio Wesleyan Enhancing Visit Experience for Prospective Students, Families
Delaware County high school students invited to participate in upcoming focus groups

January 26, 2011

Ohio Wesleyan is working to enhance its visit program for prospective students and families. The new program will include a visit to downtown Delaware.
Photo by Doug Martin
DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University is “test driving” a new campus visit experience for prospective students and families, including a van ride to show off downtown Delaware.

As part of the effort, Ohio Wesleyan is inviting Delaware County high school juniors and seniors to take part in campus-visit focus groups on Feb. 2, Feb. 9, or Feb. 16. Participating students will be on campus for a total of about two hours. They will take a tour at either 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. and then participate in a discussion immediately afterward. To register, students should call (740) 368-3030.

“We’re excited about our new visit program, but we want to hear from the real experts—high school students who have grown up in the Delaware community,” said Carol DelPropost, assistant vice president of admission and financial aid. “In the past, our tours have been primarily walking tours without a formal Delaware city component. We’re incorporating a van ride to ensure that guests see all of our 200-acre campus as well as more of the local community. Choosing a college is a big decision, and we’re committed to helping students make the best choice for their needs.”

All Delaware students who participate in the focus groups will receive OWU gift bags and have their names put into drawings for iTunes gift cards and other prizes. But they also will get something even more valuable, DelPropost said.

“We think this is a great opportunity for Delaware County students to learn how to make their college visits as meaningful as possible,” she said.

The university already has reached out to downtown shops and restaurants to involve them more formally into the tour program. Many have agreed to offer special discounts to OWU guests who dine or shop downtown after their campus visits.

“We’re very pleased by the response we’ve had in making this a true community visit,” DelPropost said.

Ohio Wesleyan hopes to incorporate the pilot program into a regular feature for all prospective students in February.

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Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.