CELINA — Wright State University Lake Campus held its open house Thursday afternoon in the hopes of catching the interest of undecided and potentially soon-to-graduate high school students.
Admissions/Public Relations Specialist Jill Puthoff was one of the main faculty members to organize the event. Current enrollment is approximately 1,000 students, the majority of whom are from the area, Puthoff said.
“If we get any (out-of-state students) they’re usually from Indiana,” she said.
Thanks to a reciprocity agreement between Indiana and Ohio, students in approximately 20 counties near the border between the two states can enjoy in-state tuition at Wright State.
“We offer some bachelor’s degrees here, but a lot of students complete a few years at this campus and then move to the main campus in Dayton,” Puthoff said, noting majors include early and middle childhood education, mechanical engineering, criminal justice, organizational leadership, English and liberal studies. “Mechanical engineering is one of our newer programs. We should see a lot of our students that come out here tonight for the open house are here to see the engineering.”
A year’s tuition, including room and board totals $11,041. The open house featured a tour of the campus, tables with information on each area of study and a representative from every college, a free T-shirt at the university bookstore and representatives from the student clubs and academic advisors.
“We expect a little over 100 students to come out tonight,” Puthoff said.
Down the hall and around the corner, another open house was going on inside the main campus building for a program called TAPS — Technology, Academic/Instructional Programs and Services.
In one computer lab, there are more technological gadgets than at some larger universities.
“We do makeup exams, free tutoring for all students and disability services,” said Jennifer Johnson, a lab assistant for the program.
The lab offers readers who will read to students who struggle in that area and scribes, Johnson said.
“So, if they’re taking a test and they’re just not really good at writing, then we will write it for them, “ she said.
The lab has smartpens, which can record both a students’ notes they write with it and the professor’s lecture and coordinate the two on the pen’s software, which any student attending the university can download on their personal computers.
For students who qualify through disability services, the lab also features the WYNN program, software that takes PDF files of entire books and formats the pages so the program will read the information to the students.
“It not only reads it to you, but it has another tool where you can highlight — so if you find something interesting that you think might be on a test, you can highlight (it),” said Hannah Linebaugh, a junior.
Another gadget available to students are magnifying computers — one is a larger desktop computer and one small, portable device that will magnify the words on a page in, for example, a textbook.
With the open house, the TAPS staff hoped to make high schoolers aware of everything the school has to offer.
Puthoff also had several reasons students should choose the Lake Campus.
“Almost all of our faculty have a PhD in their field, so (students) get them more on a one-on-one basis,” Puthoff said. “We have small classes — our biggest room here holds 45 students. We have a fantastic scholarship program. Our campus housing is new, and the building is full. A student could be close to home but they could still get that independent feel if they want.”