I was originally invited for the Scholarship Day on 1/30, but I raised my ACT score so I am now attending on 1/23.
I'm a little nervous for it, but Ohio Northern is my top school and I have visited it twice thus far.
Registration is at 9 am and there is a welcoming session for students while parents have refreshments. Then parents have their welcoming session and students are split up into groups (A and B). Group A has their written evaluation while Group B has their interviews. After that is done, Group A has their interviews and Group B has their written evaluation. During this time, parents meet the different college deans and have a financial assitance information session. At 12:45 parents and students have lunch. At 1:45 parents and students have a student affairs session. At 2:45 is a campus tour.
My D participated in the comp day - she is a junior now and is actually WORKING the comp days with the admissions department!
Take the day seriously cause there is some "serious" $$$ to be had these days! There is a range of scholarship $$$ they may give - from slightly higher than your original merit aid to somewhere in the low 20's or so (at least a couple of years ago). If you are seriously considering the school, it is definitely worth your time.
Don't think that parents NEED to go, but would probably enjoy the day.
Starstruck, my daughter did not receive the "biggie" like 24K, but it was an increase from whatever was originally offered. Honestly, we were a little confused how they actually "weighted" the scholarships. One of her friends who thought she didn't really do well during the interview or the essay got something like 21K - go figure.
I'll be honest and say "don't count on" the bigger over 20K - I think those are pretty limited and you will see that a fair amount of students attend the comp days. On the other hand, ONU may also offer you grant $$ in addition to scholarship $$. That can help.
It's a wonderful school and we/she has been SO SO happy with it!
DD is going to the 1/30 one. To the people who haven't been accepted yet, I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that invites were sent to people who were accepted before 11/30. We almost missed the RSVP because my daughter filed the letter before I read it. We received the confirmation email though prior to Christmas.
My D got a phone call today saying that she was accepted and inviting her to scholarship day on the 16th. Her app was on the later side, and then the school was late in sending transcripts, but we were happy to get the phone call!