Thursday, November 12, 2009
For high school seniors considering college but who are unsure about how to apply, Gov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Nov. 9 through Nov. 13 Apply to College Week in Georgia.
“We have made the application process easier than ever by launching the GAcollege411 website and encouraging high schools seniors to make it their first stop in deciding how, when and where to apply to a Georgia college,” Perdue said.
Georgia Apply to College Week will be held at 44 participating Georgia high schools. While open to all seniors at those schools, the program will provide college application information designed to encourage and aid those who would be the first in their family to attend college, minorities and non-traditional age students.
During each local Apply to College event, seniors can apply to college using http://www.gacollege411.org/. This online resource helps students and their families select a college, apply for admission and plan to finance higher education. The GAcollege411 website offers access to information about colleges, universities, and technical colleges throughout Georgia. Volunteers from Georgia colleges and universities will be on hand to assist students as they complete their applications.
Students interested in applying to the University of West Georgia can also access the university’s home page http://www.westga.edu/, click on the “apply now” link, choose the undergraduate admission application, and complete the entire application process online.
UWG hopes to stand out among the list of colleges that prospective students will consider. “ Our main goal is to serve our students,” said Dr. Bobby Johnson from the university’s admissions office. “We focus on academic excellence, strong campus support to help students through the transition from high school to college and creating a beautiful campus for students to be proud of.”
This year UWG has added new facilities to the campus such as the Coliseum, football stadium and Greek Village, with more additions still to come.
“We encourage students to come visit our campus to see first hand all the advantages that UWG has to offer,” said Johnson.
UWG has two remaining preview days left, one on Jan. 31 and the other on April 11. This is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to take a tour of the campus and get details on the university.
Students have confirmed that placing a specific focus on Apply to College Week helps to grab their attention and encourages them to start the application process early.
At the first Georgia Apply to College Week in 2008, more than 50 volunteers assisted almost 900 students with completing admission applications at eight pilot high schools. Seven of the eight 2008 pilot high schools reapplied to participate in 2009.
This week of events is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Foundation of Independent Colleges, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, Communities in Schools, the Technical College System of Georgia and the University System of Georgia (USG), and endorsed by the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The event is receiving funding from the College Access Challenge Grant, a federal program that fosters partnerships among federal, state, and local governments and philanthropic organizations through matching challenge grants that are aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
For more information, please visit www.usg.edu/apply-to-college, or contact UWG’s admissions office at 678-839-4000.