Spring Preview Day offers the chance to "Discover Ozarks"

Release Date: 3/27/2012

Clarksville, Ark. --- As students and their parents go through the process of selecting a college, they may find that it is sometimes difficult to get a real sense of what a college is like just from reading the printed or web information. "Discover Ozarks" Spring Preview Day, scheduled for Saturday, March 31, is designed to give visitors that all important on-campus perspective at University of the Ozarks!

The day's activities begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Rogers Conference Center, when visitors will check in and pick up a registration packet. During check-in, visitors can talk with current Ozarks students about their involvment in various student organizations on campus.

Following the opening welcome session, the offices of Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Life will hold a question and answer session for parents, while students will tour the campus. After their campus tour, student visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions of current Ozarks students while parents tour the campus.

The morning's activities will also include an Academic Fair where students and parents can visit with members of the Ozarks faculty to learn more about the university's academic programs. Information about study abroad opportunities will be available during the Academic Fair, as well as information about the academic support services provided by the Jones Learning Center (JLC), the university's Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and Student Support Services (SSS). Representatives from the Office of Admission and from the Financial Aid office will be on hand for one-on-one meetings with students and their parents to answer any questions they may have about their specific situation.

The afternoon will provide students and their parents with a unique opportunity to actually find out what it's like to be enrolled in classes at Ozarks. Faculty members will hold sample classes where visitors are encouraged to participate as if they were enrolled in the class. The classes will cover a wide variety of topics from almost every department on campus, and will feature an "open door" so students can try out more than one class if they have a broad range of interests.

These experiences in a sample class is perhaps the best way for visitors to discover Ozarks. "At other colleges, when I sat in on a sample class, the teacher, the students - everyone - ignored me," said Amanda Rushing, a current Ozarks student who attended an Ozarks Preview Day. "It was like I didn't exist, didn't matter. I walk into Dr. Lindström's Chamber Choir class [on Ozarks' Preview Day] and sat down, fully expecting to be ignored. The girl in front of me turned around and introduced herself and her friends.... Dr. Lindström also introduced himself and then asked us if we would like to sing with the choir that day." What did that experience mean to Amanda? "That moment made me realize that Ozarks is not just another college, it's a home full of [family]."

A full schedule of the days events is available on the Ozarks website at http://www.ozarks.edu/preview, along with a campus map, driving directions to campus, and information about Clarksville area lodging and dining.

If you'd like to learn more about Ozarks, there's still time to pre-register for Discover Ozarks Spring Preview Day. To register, go to the online registration form, or  register over the phone by calling our Office of Admission toll-free at 1-800-264-8636. Registration is open through March 28.

We hope you'll accept our invitation to Discover Ozarks for yourself!