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For Immediate Release
October 16, 2013

IPFW to Host Van Wert Open House to Welcome Prospective Students

Key Info

  • IPFW Open House to welcome prospective students in Van Wert, Ohio
  • Wednesday, October 30, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Fricker’s restaurant, 735 Fox Road, Van Wert
  • Residents of Van Wert County and five other Ohio counties are now eligible for in-state resident tuition rates at IPFW as a result of a new reciprocity agreement between Indiana and Ohio education officials
  • Open House will provide information on IPFW degree programs and feature many flexible or online programs
  • Applications now being accepted for spring 2014 enrollment

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will host an open house for prospective students on Wednesday, October 30, in Van Wert, Ohio. University representatives will be on hand to welcome Ohio residents and encourage them to be among the first to take advantage of a new reciprocity agreement that allows IPFW to offer in-state resident tuition rates to individuals residing in six Ohio counties, including Van Wert County.

The reciprocity agreement between the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Ohio Board of Regents was announced on July 1. In addition to Van Wert County, the agreement extends to Ohio residents in Butler, Darke, Preble, Shelby, and Mercer counties.

The IPFW Open House, which is free of charge and open to the public, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fricker’s restaurant, located at 735 Fox Road in Van Wert. The event will introduce Ohio residents to IPFW, an affordable, state-supported university with more than 200 academic options.

With more than 13,000 students, IPFW is the largest university in northeast Indiana.The campus is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana’s up-and-coming, second-largest metropolitan area that was twice named an All-America City. IPFW is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools’ Higher Learning Commission, and its athletic program competes under Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). IPFW offers a large variety of two-year, four-year and graduate-level academic programs to prepare students for tomorrow’s workplace and position them for lifelong success. Each degree from IPFW is either an Indiana University degree or a Purdue degree.

The Van Wert Open House will feature flexible degree programs that are anticipated to be particularly attractive to Ohio residents because they require minimum or no travel between their homes in Ohio and the Fort Wayne campus. These programs all maintain the rigorous academic standards of IPFW while providing the highly-regarded education credentials that graduates need to get ahead or get started in their career path.

The degree programs to be featured are as follows:

  • General Studies Advantage, a new hybrid bachelor’s degree program for adults wishing to return to college and finish a degree that they previously started. The flexible program requires just one night per week on the IPFW campus and allows students to tailor their coursework to their interests and career goals while choosing between various delivery options, including convenient online courses as well as on-campus courses that can be taken on weekdays, weeknights, and Saturdays. For those unable to travel to Fort Wayne from Ohio one night per week, IPFW also offers a General Studies bachelor’s degree totally online with the same flexibility in course selection.
  •  M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership Accelerated Cohort Program for teachers and school counselors offering a sequenced set of courses taken over six consecutive semesters, allowing students to finish in 14 or 17 months. The program features flexible scheduling, with classes meeting on select Saturdays during the academic year and additional assignments completed online using a hybrid model. During the summer months, courses meet once per week for an extended class period. Upon completion of the M.S.Ed., graduates may pursue administrative licensure and/or a doctorate degree in education.
  • Online R.N. to B.S., a new undergraduate degree program for registered nurses having an associate’s degree in nursing who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree to advance in their careers and increase their earnings potential as well as qualify for a master’s degree in nursing that is also available online. The goals of the RN to B.S. program are to offer a B.S. program in nursing that is more affordable, individualized, and flexible in order to better accommodate nursing students’ work schedules and personal commitments.
  • Online M.S. in Nursing, Master of Science with a major in nursing, is an online program that allows nurses to choose from four areas of concentration based on their interests and career goals. Completion of the master’s degree may lead to their serving as managers or administrators in a medical or business setting, or as nursing school instructors. The four areas of concentration are Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and Nurse Executive.
  • Online B.S. in Information Systems, a new bachelor’s degree program that prepares individuals for a career as a computer professional in the high-demand field of information systems. To enroll in the IS program, students should have an interest in solving problems in a corporate setting. Programming experience or high-level mathematics is not needed for entry into the degree program. Information Systems professionals fill a variety of jobs related to the management, design, and utilization of computing solutions that drive the day-to-day functions of every line of business within an organization.
  • Accelerated MBA Program, the only MBA program in northeast Indiana that is accredited by AACSB-International; only 10 percent of MBA programs worldwide possess this level of accreditation. This degree is completed within 11 months and features convenient class schedules with classes meeting on Friday nights and Saturdays. There is no GMAT required, and students take only 11 classes, regardless of undergraduate major. This program is also a cohort model, meaning students progress through the program as a team.

Representatives from the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies and each of the featured degree programs will be available at the Van Wert open house to answer any questions individuals may have about the various programs. Also on hand will be an IPFW admissions representative who can walk prospective students through the application and registration process and provide information on tuition rates and financial aid.

Students who enroll in IPFW this fall will be eligible to start classes in January for the spring 2014 semester. For more information on IPFW degree programs, visit the IPFW website or plan to attend the Van Wert open house on October 30.

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