Wednesday, December 7, 2005
More than 65 turn out for Return to Learn event
By Rebecca Wyatt, OU Web Writer
More than 65 people turned out for Oakland University’s Return to Learn program on Dec. 3. Return to Learn is a statewide initiative by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm that provides an opportunity for adult learners to get information about returning to the classroom to complete a bachelor’s degree.
“There was really a broad range of prospective students — from traditional college-age to retirees,” said Jean Ann Miller, director of the Center for Student Activities.
Return to Learn participants heard presentations on the benefits of a college education, applying to OU, receiving financial aid, transitioning into college as an adult, and information from the college and schools on specific degrees. Current students also participated in an information panel.
“The panel put a more humanistic spin on the event, giving the prospective students advice and a student’s view of returning to college,” Miller said.
Many of the Return to Learn participants applied for admission at the event, while others were optimistic about returning to apply.
More than one-third of Oakland University’s entering students are adults who come from a community college or who are returning to school to complete a bachelor's degree. Nearly one-third of the students on campus are 25 years or older and more than 10 percent are 35 years or older.
Adult learners who apply to OU after more than two years away from the classroom qualify to have their application fee waived. For details on how to take advantage of this offer or for more information about applying to Oakland University, contact OU’s Admission and Orientation Office at 1-800-OAK-UNIV or visit the Future Students Web site.