Arkansas Tech University is planning a pandemic-altered version of its largest annual preview event for high school seniors.
Time Out for Tech 2021 will provide prospective students with an opportunity to learn more about the academic and campus life opportunities available at Arkansas Tech University while adhering to the safety protocols spelled out in the ATU pandemic recovery framework.
"Even though we will be unable to host many of our signature Time Out for Tech events, including our large opening session at Tucker Coliseum, we believe it is important to provide this opportunity for high school seniors to visit Arkansas Tech in person," said Jessica Brock, ATU director of admissions. "The groups will be smaller and additional safety precautions relative to the COVID-19 pandemic will be in place, but Time Out for Tech will remain a beneficial experience for any high school senior considering Arkansas Tech. We want them to experience ATU for themselves and discover why our university is the right fit for a diverse community of almost 11,000 students."
In-person groups will be organized based on academic interest. Rather than occurring on one day as is tradition, Time Out for Tech will be spread over three days in order to facilitate social distancing.
High school seniors interested in programs offered through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of eTech and those who are undecided on their academic interest will visit ATU on Thursday, Feb. 11.
Those interested in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as well as the College of Natural and Health Sciences will have their Time Out for Tech experience on Friday, Feb. 12, while the College of Education and the College of Business will welcome their prospective students to campus on Saturday, Feb. 13.
The daily in-person Time Out for Tech programs are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:15 p.m. with an optional campus tour to follow.
High school seniors who opt to participate in Time Out for Tech in a virtual environment will log in and learn about ATU on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Regardless of date or delivery method, all Time Out for Tech participants will learn more about scholarships and financial aid. Faculty from each college will visit with Time Out for Tech attendees and provide them with insight on their academic programs. There will also be question and answer sessions with current students and representatives from the ATU Office of Admissions.
Attendance for the in-person Time Out for Tech sessions will be limited. Each high school senior will be permitted to bring one guest. Participants at the in-person sessions will receive a commemorative T-shirt and a complimentary brunch or lunch.
"The Go 2 ATU app will be available to all attendees, in-person and online, with additional exclusive content available to connect students with areas of campus they’re unable to meet with, as well as to encourage peer interaction," said Brock.
Advance registration for Time Out for Tech 2021 is required.
Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/ATUTOFT2021.