Students at IUPUC are preparing to head back to class for the spring semester on Monday.

The campus, which offers nine academic programs, plans to conduct several campus open houses for prospective students interested in enrolling or learning more about what the school has to offer, said Joe Heltzel, director of enrollment management at IUPUC.

The university’s largest and most popular programs include nursing, business, education and mechanical engineering.

For students who are considering continuing their education in Columbus, IUPUC has scheduled what it calls VIP Days from 9:15 a.m. to noon Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 28 and March 30, allowing visitors to learn about academic opportunities at IUPUC, along with financial aid and scholarships. Tours are also conducted.

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A separate event April 27 is targeted to area high school juniors, although sophomores and seniors can also attend that day.

Benefits of attending IUPUC include its academic programs, location and overall size, in addition to being part of the Indiana University system, Heltzel said.

Students who want to complete their general education requirements in Columbus can opt to transfer to IUPUI in Indianapolis or the main Indiana University campus in Bloomington if IUPUC doesn’t have a particular four-year degree program they are interested in, Heltzel said.

The school’s priority deadline for fall admission is July 15.

IUPUC campus visits

Prospective students can visit the IUPUC campus from 9:15 a.m. to noon Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 28 and March 30. Another event for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors is scheduled for April 27.

Campus visits can be arranged by e-mailing admissions@iupuc.edu.

More information: Visit iupuc.edu/admissions/visit-campus/.

By the numbers

2,200: Number of students IUPUC serves throughout the year

1,527: Number of full-time-equivalent first-year and returning students this year

1970: Year that IUPUC was founded

15.4: Average class size of students

9: Number of academic programs offered at IUPUC

Source: IUPUC

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