Colleges getting a start on new term

Local colleges are rolling out the red carpet for the start of the fall semester.

Open houses are planned at community colleges in Columbus that will feature information about degree programs, financial aid and registration.

Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Polytechnic Columbus and IUPUC plan to begin their fall semesters Aug. 21, while Harrison College will open its fall term Sept. 25.

Here are summaries on opportunities at each.

Ivy Tech

Ivy Tech Community College, 4475 Central Ave., will conduct express enrollment days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 and 5, with college staff available to help people interested in enrolling.

During express enrollment days, residents can complete the first steps to enroll as a student, get financial aid questions answered and learn about and assessment requirements. In addition, individuals can also meet with advisors, register for the semester and learn about orientation.

Individuals are encouraged to RSVP for express enrollment day by emailing Autumn Hill at Ivy Tech Columbus’ Express Enrollment Center at

Attendees should plan on bringing high school or college transcripts, as well as SAT, ACT or PSAT scores to assist with assessment and course placement. If residents have already completed some college courses, they are encouraged to bring an official college transcript to have their credits evaluated.

Prospective students who aren’t able to attend express enrollment day can complete the enrollment process anytime and schedule an appointment by calling 812-372-9925.

For more information, visit

Purdue Polytechnic

High school juniors and seniors, college transfer students and adults are encouraged to visit Purdue Polytechnic Columbus during one of its college visit days at the school, 4444 Kelly St., during August.

College visit days will be held Aug. 7, 15, 23 and 31, while Purdue Polytechnic plans to offer visits each month for the rest of the year. Students who are interested in attending can select a date by signing up at

High school students are encouraged to use a college visit day to learn about programs and courses offered at the campus, as well as financial aid, student housing and admissions. People who attend will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a student services staff member, who will create a tour based on the student’s interests and future career objectives.


Harrison College, 2222 Poshard Drive, will conduct a back-to-school open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 5. Information will be provided on programs as part of the six different schools that are offered at the college, while individuals also can ask questions during a financial aid session and meet professionals and alumni to ask questions.

In addition, Harrison College program chairs and instructors will be available during the event, which will feature giveaways for pencils, backpacks, notepads and other items. Attendees also have an opportunity to win a $100 Visa gift card.

For more information or to RSVP, visit


IUPUC, 4601 Central Ave., doesn’t have any open houses planned during the month of August, but plans to host an Explore IUPUC event Sept. 22 for individuals seeking to learn more about the campus and programs that are offered.

The event is targeted to prospective students who may be considering IUPUC and allows visitors to speak with faculty and students and to answer questions individuals may have. IUPUC also plans to conduct sessions for individuals interested in specific majors with engineering planned for Sept. 15; business on Sept. 29; liberal arts on Oct. 6; science on Oct. 13; and healthcare/nursing on Nov. 17.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or