College Day at the Fine Arts Center has been an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about general college admissions requirements and college programs available in their arts disciplines. This year's College Day was Friday, September 26.
This year we had approximately 100 representatives to attend our program. A sampling of the colleges represented: Cleveland Institute, Boston Conservatory, Columbia College-Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, James Madison, Ohio State, Loyola University, Virginia Commonwealth, UNC School of the Arts and many other local and national schools. All students had an opportunity to ask questions concerning their interests in arts education and careers during two sessions on September 26th. Parents were encouraged to accompany students to the morning and afternoon sessions.
In addition to the College Day activities, the Fine Arts Center had an Open Studio/College Night on the evening of September 26th. College representatives had the opportunity to visit studios to hear performances and view student work.
A new element to the program this year was a financial aid workshop held in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. The speaker for the program was Michelle Jordahl, financial aid counselor at Maryland Institute College of Art. Ms. Jordahl presented information about the financial aid process from completing the FAFSA through accepting a financial aid award.