Camp College 2013
July 8-11, 2013
Western Illinois University
Through the support of IACAC, Camp College is a free opportunity for rising seniors to learn about aspects of the college search and application process from college and high school counselors. Students will be able to have the experience of living on a college campus, while attending sessions on the college application process. Camp College will take place at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Students will be provided food and lodging free of cost.
Sessions will include:
- Did you know?: Attend academic sessions to learn about your major of interest
- Finding your “FIT”: How to research a colleges and what college works for you
- The meaning behind the rankings
- Traveling Abroad: What else do I need other than my passport?
- Preparation for the 3 C’s (College Fair, Campus visit, Campus or Off- Campus Interview)
- I am more than just my transcript: Essay sessions I &II
- Money Matters: My financial aid plan for 4 years
- Mini-College fair
- Do tests matter?: The ACT & SAT
- Mock Admissions Committee
- What should I expect when I get to College?
- Being away from home: Budgeting, Credit Card Safety, and Reputation management
- Senior Year Calendar
Campers will also be paired with a counselor-mentor who they retain for the school year.
When will it take place?
Students are expected to arrive on Monday July 8, 2013 (specific time TBA) and will depart in the afternoon of Thursday, July 11, 2013.
What does it cost?
Students will pay a $20 deposit that will be refunded at the program’s conclusion. Because of the generous support of IACAC and other sponsors, the camp can be offered with no cost to the students.
How will students get to WIU for the camp?
If possible, students should provide their own transportation to Camp College. Depending on the location of selected students as well as their transportation needs, Camp College may provide buses to pick up students in centralized locations and then bring them back to those locations on the final day of the program. Please indicate on the application the student’s transportation options. If a student has a unique transportation issue, please indicate that on the application.
Who should apply?
This program is designed for students from non-traditional backgrounds who would benefit from exposure to this information. The selection committee will give additional consideration to students from rural areas, first-generation college students, and students from low-income households. Students should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
What is the application process?
1. The process starts with an application (PDF) from the student with the nomination filled out by an adult familiar with the student. The form can be emailed, mailed, or faxed to Brenda Bremicker, Crystal Lake Central High School. Three students per school are permitted to apply. The committee would like to have a broad range of students from different backgrounds, schools, and areas of the state. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 15, 2013.
2. The committee will select approximately forty students to participate in the program. Students will be notified of their selection by Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
3. Selected students will have their parents or guardians sign a permission form and send in a $20 deposit by Monday, June 10, 2013. (The $20 will be refunded upon completion of the program.)
Where do I send the application?
Applications and questions concerning Camp College can be sent to Brenda Bremicker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can be sent via email, mail, or fax to:
Career Center Supervisor
Crystal Lake Central High School
45 W. Franklin
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
(815) 459-2505 ext. 2256
Fax (815) 459-4169