OSUM gets early start after semester conversion

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Written by Kurt Moore of The Marion Star
Published Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MARION — The Ohio State University at Marion welcomed incoming students a month earlier than usual on Monday as the Marion Campus officially switches to semesters.

Ohio State at Marion held its convocation for freshmen with a message that it’s “one university,” a reminder to students that they are still considered Ohio State University students even though they get their start at a regional campus. It was a speech similar to years past but once again reminded students about the shift from quarters.

“We will make it work,” Ohio State at Marion Dean Gregory Rose told students.

The first day of classes at Ohio State at Marion is Wednesday. Marion Technical students start classes on Monday. Both schools traditionally started in the second half of September in previous years but switched to semesters along with other public colleges and universities in Ohio.

The switch and the earlier start are meant to help students who want to transfer from one institution to another.

Other changes this year include two years worth of engineering classes on the Marion Campus. Ohio State at Marion launched a first-year engineering program during the 2011-12 school year and is expanding it to two years, letting students get two years in at Marion before transferring to the main campus in Columbus.

That was a benefit to Tyler Lacks, who said he chose Ohio State at Marion instead of Columbus State College because it offered more engineering classes.

“I was born and raised a Buckeye,” Lacks said. “I always assumed I would go to Ohio State.”

Lacks said he likes that his class sizes, averaging 25 students or less, are smaller than on the main campus and will mean students can get more individual attention.

The university continues to accept students at regional campuses who aren’t admitted through the main campus’s more selective admission process. Ohio State University President Gordon Gee spoke to students Monday via a recorded message, welcoming them to “this large university.”

“Each one is a front door to this university,” Gee said.

The university reported 472 new freshmen had enrolled as of Monday. Campus-wide numbers are not yet available.