OSU offers "Taste of College"

CORVALLIS -- This summer Oregon State University will again host "A Taste of College," a two-week college prep program for high school students.

CORVALLIS -- This summer Oregon State University will again host "A Taste of College," a two-week college prep program for high school students.

The program, held on the OSU campus and open to students who will be in grades 10 through 12 next fall, runs from June 24 through July 6. Now in its third year, "A Taste of College" was developed to create a seamless transition from high school to college.

Participants will live on campus in a residence hall and sample summer classes. They will explore all the university's facilities, including OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and the tsunami research lab on campus.

Students have time to study, do library research and work in the computer labs. Time is also set aside for students to socialize with new friends on campus. During the two weeks, students post their observations and photos online in a blog.

They also will meet with OSU advisers and staff to learn the basics of getting into college and being successful once there. Skills emphasized in the program include critical thinking, study skills, college writing and leadership skills.

Students who complete the program have a head start on the education: they will earn two college credits.

Dave Moore, high school program specialist for OSU, said "A Taste of College" has proven to act as "a confidence builder for those unsure about attending college. We've seen participants come away from this program with valuable skills and life lessons, real excitement about the prospect of attending college, and increased confidence in their abilities to succeed."

Moore oversees the students daily to make sure their questions are answered. OSU resident assistants supervise them in the evenings and on the weekend.

"A Taste of College" is offered through OSU Outreach, a branch of Extended Campus. Program cost is $950 and covers tuition and fees, meals and lodging, field trips and instruction materials.

Registration began April 1. For more information: Dave Moore at 800-667-1465 or dave.moore@oregonstate.edu.

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