Camp College 2015
July 7-10, 2015
University of Illinois at Springfield
Illinois State University
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 four schools in Illinois: University of Illinois at Springfield, Illinois College, Millikin University, and Illinois State University. Students will be provided food and lodging free of cost!
Students must submit an application by Friday, April 17, 2015
A counselor, teacher, or adult associated with a school or community-based organization may provide recommendations for up to 3 students. Recommendations are due by Friday, April 24, 2015.
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: Besides my passport, what do I need?
- 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
- 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 whom they retain for the school year.
When will it take place?
Students are expected to arrive on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 (specific time TBA) and will depart in the afternoon of Friday, July 10, 2015.
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 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?
When the application materials become available in mid-January, students can begin the 4-step process.
Students need to submit a Camp College application online by Friday, April 17, 2015. The application requires an official or unofficial transcript to be uploaded online or mailed in. The application will be available in mid-January.
Students must print and have a parent or guardian sign the waiver document. Mail it to the address below, email it, or fax it. Waivers must be sent or postmarked by Friday, April 17, 2015.
Students must have a school counselor, teacher, or adult associated with a school or community-based organization submit a Camp College Recommendation Form. A school profile is requested to be uploaded online or mailed in. A recommender may submit recommendations for up to 3 students. Recommendations are due by Friday, April 24, 2015.
The committee will select approximately 40 students to participate in the program. Students will be notified of their selection in May. Selected students will be mailed and emailed a final permission form and must return the form signed by a parent and a $20 deposit by Friday, May 29, 2015, to reserve their spot.
Where do I send my transcript AND waiver documents?
Scanned transcripts, school profiles, waiver documents, and questions concerning Camp College can be sent to email@example.com
Paper documents can be mailed to:
April A. Ponte
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
901 West Illinois Street
Urbana, IL 61801