OAR Days spring into action on UIU Fayette Campus

Oar Day

Approximately 100 incoming Upper Iowa University students have participated in the first OAR (Orientation, Advising, and Registration) Days on the Fayette Campus this spring. To register for an upcoming OAR Day on the Upper Iowa University Fayette Campus, incoming students may go to www.uiu.edu/standout/accepted.

FAYETTE, Iowa (May 21, 2015) – The first OAR (Orientation, Advising, and Registration) Day of the year is a traditional sign of spring on the Upper Iowa University Fayette Campus. As the final step in the admission process, the one-day events not only allow incoming students to register for classes but also allow both students and their parents/families to further explore different aspects of Upper Iowa with the help and guidance of university administrators, faculty, and staff.

“We see OAR Days as a passing of the baton from the students completing their correspondence with the admissions office and onto their introduction to life on a college campus and their future endeavors,” said Katie Ashcraft, interim director of admissions. 

“The orientation program is a collaboration of UIU administrators, faculty, and staff to better prepare incoming students and their families for a successful academic, personal, and social transition into the Peacock family,” added Daryl Grove, assistant dean of student development.

A typical OAR Day begins with students and their guests registering and being welcomed at the Student Center on the Fayette Campus, before being split into groups. Topics of discussion throughout the day range from academics and campus life to financing and other available resources.

In addition to an OAR Day on Friday, May 22, future dates include the following:

  • Monday, June 22;
  • Tuesday, June 23;
  • Friday, July 17;
  • Friday, Aug. 21.

Storm Schmitt, dean of enrollment management, earlier reported that Upper Iowa’s enrollment on the Fayette Campus in the fall of 2014 was approximately 1,060, the largest figure since the 1960s. Last year’s enrollment included approximately 230 first-year students and approximately 65 transfers.

While it is too early to project total enrollment figures for 2015-16, Schmitt is looking toward a slight increase in both the number of new domestic students and students transferring onto the Fayette campus. Approximately 100 future Upper Iowa students participated in the two most recent OAR Day events this spring.

Incoming students seeking additional information on an upcoming OAR Day, may call the UIU admissions office at 563-425-5281.

Additional photos from a recent, OAR Day can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/upperiowauniversity/sets/72157652687201279

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.

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