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GOCC’s College Night 2013

Hundreds of area high school students, parents and community members are expected to gather at Glen Oaks Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 8, as part of the 23rd Annual College Night. Admission representatives from over 55 colleges, universities and military agencies will be on hand for the event, which will be held in the college’s gymnasium from 6:30-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

College representatives will answer questions about the admission process, entrance requirements and programming. Students will have the benefit of exploring higher education options available to them, all in one convenient location.

“Students and parents will have the opportunity to speak directly with college representatives throughout the evening, without having to travel to various campuses, make telephone calls, or search the internet for information,” said Tonya Howden, GOCC director of admissions.

A free Financial Aid Information Session will take place from 6-7 p.m. in the Nora Hagen Theatre, Room D235 at Glen Oaks. Jean Zimmerman, GOCC director of financial aid, will discuss how students and families can take advantage of federal and state grants, scholarships and loans. Zimmerman will also address the application timelines and deadlines critical to the overall financial aid process.

In addition to GOCC, the list of colleges and U.S. military agencies expected to participate are listed below:

Adrian College, Alma College, Anderson University, Andrews University, Aquinas College, Baker College, Ball State University, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Columbia College Chicago, Concordia University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Everest Institute, Ferris State University, Ferris State-Dowagiac Campus, Glen Oaks Community College, Goshen College, Grace Bible College, Grace College, Grand Valley State University, Great Lakes Christian College, Grove City College, Hope College ,Indiana Tech, Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne, Indiana University - South Bend, Johnson & Wales University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lake Michigan College, Lake Superior State University, Lawrence Technological University, Madonna University, Manchester University, Marygrove College, Michigan Air National Guard, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Oakland University, Olivet College, Otterbein University, Saginaw Valley State University, Saint Mary’s College, Siena Heights University, Southwestern Michigan College, Spring Arbor University, Trine University, Trine Univ. School of Professional Studies, University of Michigan, US Army, Western Michigan University, WMU - College of Aviation, WMU - Haworth College of Business, WMU - ROTC.

In order to make the most out of the event, Howden recommends that students and parents prepare to ask questions of the college representatives. Some questions to consider include the following:

·        What are the admissions requirements?

·        What assistance is available if I am undecided about my career goal?

·        Do you offer the program of study that interests me? Are there special requirements for admission to that program?

·        What deadlines should I be especially aware of as I consider applying?

·        How do I arrange a campus tour and a meeting with a college advisor?

·        What employment assistance do you provide prior to and after graduation?

·        What kinds of support services do you offer?

·        Do you have on-campus housing? What other living arrangements do you offer?

·        What student organizations or activities does the college offer?

·        Can you provide me with information about tuition and fees?

How do I apply for financial assistance? Am I eligible for scholarships?