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About 800 high school local students will have the opportunity to spend a day on New Mexico State University’s campus this week. NMSU is hosting the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities/U.S. Army University Tours Monday, March 6 through Wednesday, March 8 and Friday, March 10.
Mostly freshmen through juniors from 24 area high schools will be on campus to learn about NMSU and college life. The program also includes a one-day visit for 50 high school counselors and pre-college advisors Thursday, March 9.
“This is a great opportunity for students to see first-hand what New Mexico State University has to offer,” said Delia De Leon, director of NMSU Undergraduate Admissions. “They will discover information on our excellent academic programs, plentiful resources, and the necessary information to stay on track to becoming an Aggie. They will also experience our caring community as they are warmly welcomed by our student body, faculty and staff. Our goal is to have these students walk away wanting to become an Aggie and to feel part of our Aggie family.”
Each day will include a university tour, welcome program and presentations from Army ROTC, college admissions and financial aid before lunch. NMSU’s Army ROTC forum will include a discussion on leadership and opportunities for advancement in the military. NMSU’s admissions office will provide information such as academic programs, admission requirements, scholarships and student life. University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at NMSU will offer information on grants, loans, scholarships and work study opportunities.
The afternoon will feature a student panel question and answer session and counselor/parent resource meeting. The campus tour will highlight the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to include the science, computer science and engineering buildings.
Thursday’s Counselors’ Seminar will provide exposure to U.S. Army educational opportunities and resources as well as NMSU Financial Aid and Admissions presentations.
The HACU/U.S. Army University Tours were created in 2009 to give students the chance to visit college campus after school budget cuts had eliminated the trips. They have sponsored tours in Arizona, California, Illinois, New Mexico and Texas, specifically in Arlington and San Antonio. According to HACU, the organization is working with K-12 schools to address the pipeline issues of Hispanic education and increasing students’ college awareness.
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