High school juniors who wake up on April 4 with a head full of questions about college can go to bed that night with plenty of answers after attending Junior Den Day at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
Junior Den Day is “an invaluable experience,” according to Todd Koch of Greenwood, a UAFS admissions officer.
“High school students show up with some sketchy knowledge of the college experience, but by mid-afternoon they’ll have a good understanding of the admissions process, how to choose a major, student housing, university classrooms, labs and lecture halls and, most of all, how to be successful in college,” Koch said.
He added that parents and high school advisers will learn about paying for college, scholarships and financial aid, and who to talk to when they have questions.
Parents will get answers to their questions about money issues, tuition, room and board, fees, admission process, laundry, health care, security, safety, academics, graduation requirements and opportunities for student employment, Koch said.
More than 700 parents, high school juniors and advisers are expected for the half-day event which begins with check-in at 8:30 a.m. in the Stubblefield Center. The event is free and includes a light breakfast and lunch.
Dr. Paul B. Beran, UAFS chancellor, will welcome students at 9:30 a.m. The campus tour for participants begins immediately after the welcome and includes stops at three separate venues. Admissions Office personnel will answer questions along the way. Participants can take an optional tour of a residence hall after lunch.
“We want prospective students to see UAFS in operation,” Koch said. “We want them to see the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center full of students, see what student residence rooms look like and get a feel for the college experience at UAFS.”