High school students get 'Up Close' to UNI

Choosing a college is a big decision. Faculty, staff and students at the University of Northern Iowa hope to make the decision a bit easier for prospective students. UNI is offering admitted high school students and their families a sneak peek at campus and UNI programs during a one-day, personalized visit called "UNI Up Close."

Admitted students are invited to campus for a day designed just for them. Whether it's a student's first, second or third visit to campus, UNI Up Close will give students and families the opportunity to go beyond the basic campus visit. They will explore majors and academic programs with professors; learn about extracurricular activities, services and facilities.

"Up Close is a great occasion for the entire campus to come together and showcase the many outstanding opportunities we have to offer students," said Jenny Connolly, assistant director of admissions. "Faculty, staff and students enjoy the chance to talk about their areas."

In 2012, more than 1,600 students and families attended Up Close. And, with representation from academic programs, students were able to experience majors and interact with professors first hand.

"I was so impressed by the [industrial] technology workshop that I decided to change my major to graphic technologies," said one student. "I was totally sold on the program because of the interaction I had with the professors, who were very down to earth and willing to talk."

This year's Up Close dates are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15 and 22. To register, visit www.uni.edu/admissions/visit.