The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosted its first weeklong Native Education Forum in June for prospective students to learn what a college education could do for them.

Twenty-four high school students made it through the selective application process and attended the forum. Aside from receiving one hour of college credit, they also benefitted from one-on-one advising from students and admissions counselors on how to stand out in the college search process.

“We had strong support for this event,” said Undergraduate Admissions Assistant Director Ronnie Chalmers. “College Board, NC State Advising Corps, The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions provided great information about college choice and the enrollment process. Also each student met with an admissions counselor to discuss areas of academic improvement and provide assistance with their college search.”

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Students and faculty will soon have a new resource to improve their financial well-being.

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will unveil its new Dollars and Sense Program at Campus Connections I on Aug. 18 with the intent to help students make better financial decisions while in school and after.

“We are still in the beginning stages, but we are gearing up to promote the program through interactive social media,” said Scholarships and Financial Aid Assistant Director Andrea Orndorff. “By this I mean, we have a Facebook page and Instagram set up and we plan to post daily in an attempt to provide requested information about financial wellness, and to have students interact with us, and really tell us what they are struggling with and what they need assistance with.”

On the Facebook page for example, each day has a theme from the classic “Throwback Thursdays” to “Self-free Saturdays” where people post selfies of themselves at free events recommended on the page. These contrast the more informational themes, such as “Finance Fridays” with posts dedicated to budgeting.

“What we’re trying to do with the program is create an environment where students can, and everybody can, get information to make smart choices, not just in college, but beyond,” said Scholarships & Financial Aid Senior Associate Director Michelle Thompson.

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