Hiram College

You-Can-LogoHiram College is proud to announce its participation in a statewide collaboration among Ohio’s private colleges and universities. The historic collaboration is beginning with a new summer program designed to allow families to visit up to four private schools over two days, July 13 and 14, 2015.

Ohio’s Independent College Visit Days are aimed at helping families understand how affordable a private college education can be. The days also highlight other benefits of attending a private college including a higher four-year graduation rate and lower default rate on student loans.

“This is an unprecedented effort, and Hiram College is proud to be a part of it,” said Lindajean Heller Western, vice president for enrollment. “We know that the quality of the experience that students have at private universities like ours proves transformational for students. We also know that many families fear they can’t afford us. Hiram and all of our peers in the state want to tell Ohio’s families – you can!”

Families visiting two participating schools during the official Ohio Independent College Visit Days July 13 and 14 who document their visits on Instagram using #YOUCANVisitDays will be entered to win one of five $1,000 YouCan Awards.

Ohio joins a select number of states that are joining forces with competing peers to highlight access and affordability at private universities. Presidents and vice presidents of enrollment management at Ohio’s private institutions started this conversation a little less than a year ago in partnership with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO), leaders agreed that it was time to tell the story of affordability.

“Access and affordability are on our minds every day,” said Western. “We want families to understand the real cost of attending Hiram. We also want them to know that as a result of the smaller classes and personal attention they’ll get, they’ll see real results – like higher four-year graduation rates than other options in the state.”

Ohio’s private universities provided $1.25 billion in financial aid and scholarships to students in the 2013-14 school year, a 20 percent increase in just the last three years. And the cost of a private university is more affordable when you learn the facts: Students who start at a private college are more likely to graduate from that school, and they’re more likely to do so faster than at a public university. Private universities in Ohio have a 53 percent four-year graduation rate, compared to 34 percent for state schools. In addition, borrowers from Ohio independents have a lower default rate on student loans than states schools – 6.9 percent, compared to 12.8 percent.

To learn more about Ohio’s Independent College Week and to register, visit www.youcanohio.org/visitdays.