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NJ High School Students Hands-On Experience to Prep for the Fall College Application Process

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With college application season right around the corner, Georgian Court University will be hosting some 40 high school students from across the state as part of Camp College on July 25-26, sponsored by New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC).

Camp College is designed to help high school students interested in attending college learn how to navigate the college admissions process.  The two-day college readiness event will provide important tips and information, and help students gain a real college experience by staying in on-campus residential halls. Students will attend information sessions and be split into small groups where they will complete team building activities. They will participate in lessons about preparing for college tours, personal branding, interview preparation, financial aid, and other aspects of college admission. The students will also play a number of interactive games to help them better understand college admission processes. 

“This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to help take the stress and mystery out of what it is like to attend college and how to navigate the college application process,” explained Carlos Cano, GCU Director of Admission Communications & Marketing. “This can be particularly helpful for students who will be the first to attend college in their family, and may not have the guidance of family members who have gone through this process before.”

Students who want to participate in Camp College are required to complete an NJACAC application process that mirrors some of the same requirements to apply to colleges, such as submitting an essay and a letter of recommendation from their school counselor.   

There are two Camp College events being held this year by NJACAC, Georgian Court University is hosting Camp College South and Camp College North will occur July 31 – August 2, at Saint Elizabeth University in Morristown, N.J.   

NJACAC’s mission is advocating for, supporting, and developing college admission counseling professionals who are dedicated to the goal of helping students successfully transition from high school to college.

NJACAC is a direct affiliate of NACAC, the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

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About Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, GCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.