With physical distancing recommendations likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future, Hiram College is leveraging its small size to make real-time and future-focused decisions. To promote the health and well-being of its students, we are pleased to announce many changes beginning summer 2020.
Single housing options
Working from the assumption that Ohio colleges will be allowed to bring students back to campus this fall, all students assigned to a traditional residence hall for the 2020-21 calendar year will be issued a private room at the same cost as a double room. The standard additional cost for the premium room will be covered in full by a new grant program. No student will pay extra housing costs for a single room.
Later start date
The official start date for the traditional fall semester is now August 31, 2020. College officials are working closely with state and county agencies to follow any guidelines that will be in place regarding course delivery modes and co-curricular activities.
Choose from one of three pathways toward the bachelor’s degree or any combination: Traditional College, 8-week sessions, and Weekend College. Starting this fall, the obstacles that separated these pathways in the past will be removed so that you can move with ease from one pathway to another. Proportionally priced housing options will be available to students in all pathways.
Free summer classes
Starting this year, continuing Hiram students have the option to take up to two free summer courses each year through the junior-year summer. This summer, deposited incoming students will also be permitted to take a free course, giving them the opportunity to get an early start in their college journey. Successful completion of these courses could easily shave off a semester or a full year, thereby saving students a considerable sum of money.
Lower tuition and no mandatory fees
Earlier this year the College announced a new tuition model that reduces the published price of tuition by 35% and eliminates mandatory fees. At $24,500 (excluding room and board), Hiram stands as one of the most competitively priced private colleges in the area.
Early distribution of technology bundles to incoming students
With the recent transition of all summer orientation sessions to online, we will distribute the mobile technology bundles, as part of Hiram’s Tech and Trek program, to all incoming freshman who complete on-boarding and paperwork waivers by mid-May. In addition to use for orientation, the state-of-the-art iPad Pro, related accessories, and a pre-loaded suite of educational apps, will allow students who opt to take the free summer courses the opportunity to enter the new learning arena on equal footing.
Safe, remote, and expansive campus
Located in rural Portage County and often referred to as one of Northeast Ohio’s hidden gems, Hiram College’s beautiful hilltop campus has a rich history and an enduring reputation for fostering a safe and highly personalized living and learning environment. Along with the 19th-century historical homes that serve as intimate classrooms and warm gathering spaces for several academic departments, the college property also includes the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station. This 550-acre research and educational facility is located three miles from the main campus. It is the perfect place to undertake a hands-on research project or explore a set of groomed trails that cut through the forests and meander around restored wetlands.
The best of both worlds
For 170 years, Hiram’s location atop its safe and quiet hilltop has allowed students to focus their attention on collegiate activities. At the same time, it is two hours or less drive to vibrant metropolitan areas, such as Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Akron/Canton, and Columbus where students can get a taste for world-class museums, concerts, and cultural programs; cheer on storied professional sports teams; or simply grab a meal inspired from just about any cuisine imaginable.
A continued commitment to meaningful courses, internships, and research opportunities
Among the most ecologically diverse natural “classrooms” in the collegiate Midwest, Hiram College’s James H. Barrow Field Station offers students, faculty, staff, and visitors a variety of educational, research-oriented, and inspirational programs that focus on conservation, environmental stewardship, and scientific discovery. Students often say they are taught in the “most magnificent ‘classroom’ on campus,” as they attend classes, conduct faculty-guided studies, and publish research. Grant and foundation funding supports numerous types of projects, including bird rehabilitation, water research, and prairie and marsh restoration. Hiram’s second field station—Northwoods—located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, features a rustic setting where students and alumni can take courses or conduct research while reflecting on the beauty of the Hiawatha National Forest and Cherry Lake.
In addition to research projects, students can intern at one of the field stations over the summers. Thanks to the College’s “Learn More, Earn More, Spend Less” tuition model, students can earn cash stipends and course credits at the same time. The rich experiential learning opportunities Hiram students receive—directly related to the College’s Field Station and rural setting—attract broad interest.