Thursday, April 12 kicked off the first of 2012’s Titan Preview Days at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for high school students making final campus tours before deciding whether to attend the state’s third-largest university in fall 2013.
Dozens of high school juniors and seniors attended information sessions and took tours to determine if UW Oshkosh is the right fit.
Kody Kellner, a junior at Appleton East High School, attended preview day with his mother, a UW Oshkosh alumna.
“My mom being an alumna is one reason why I decided to check out UW Oshkosh, but I’ve heard really great things about the campus, too,” Kellner said.
This year, the kickoff to UW Oshkosh’s Preview Days coincides with the unveling of a new Admissions campaign encouraging prospective students to “Meet UW Oshkosh.” Students, parents and alumni are able to connect early through social media outlets such as Twitter and share where their interests and passions intersect at UW Oshkosh. The Admissions team is promoting the use of the Twitter hashtag #meetmyuwo. Students and parents are also invited to connect and stay up-to-date on academic and residence life developments through UW Oshkosh’s other social networks, including YouTube and Facebook.
Nicole Zedler, co-coordinator of Titan Preview Days with the UW Oshkosh Office of Undergraduate Admissions, said the events provide information to potential students and their parents about what kinds of opportunities the University has to offer.
“There will be a lot of students, mostly high school juniors, here to learn about the many different things they can do here at UW Oshkosh,” Zedler said.
Information sessions at this preview day included presentations by Career Services, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Admissions and Residence Life offices.
The campus and its array of new and renovated buildings and grounds impressed Kellner’s mother, Jill.
“I know it’s been a long time since I’ve gone here, but the changes on campus are just unreal, with the new academic building and dorm going up,” she said. “It’s just changed a lot. I’m really impressed.”
Beyond being impressed by the physical transformation of the campus in recent years, the Kellners said they were both very satisfied with the information they received during the sessions and tour. Even though students beginning college in fall 2013 have months before they have to make a decision about which university to attend, Kody Kellner said this preview day definitely helped him to narrow down his decision.
“Learning about the legal studies option really helped a lot during the academic fair today,” he said. “That’s what I’m really interested in right now, so I’m glad they have those options … I haven’t completely made up my mind, but UW Oshkosh is definitely really high up there on my list after today.”