Whether one is researching thousands of colleges, or narrowing down the list for possible visits of deciding on “the one,” the college search is quite the whirlwind.
Northwestern hosts RED101 throughout the year to give potential students a personal look at the various opportunities that NW has to offer.
RED101 allows prospective students to experience Sunday Night Praise & Worship to complete a priority registration survey, to talk with a professor or coach or to sit-in on a lecture as well as to receive a $1,000 RED101 Grant, which is renewable each year that the participant attends NW.
For Catelin Haight, NW’s RED101 had such a positive impact that it made her switch colleges last minute.
“I had a lovely admissions counselor, Laura Gilleland, who helped me with my decision as well,” Haight said.
Student Ambassador Katlyn Loescheun has seen the campus expand over the past few years .
“The impressive additions to our campus throughout the last couple years have made a huge difference,” Loescheun said. “Compliments are also being voiced throughout tours and preview days.”
Spending time on campus gave Bailey McGuire a chance to picture herself at NW.
“Staying the night in a dorm room and waking up and going to breakfast at the cafeteria in the morning gave me a genuine feel for what it might look like attending NW,” McGuire said.
Prospective students and families are able to experience campus in a variety of ways.
“Preview days gives the prospective students a chance to walk throughout campus, ask questions, preview dorm life and see how NW fosters community and the opportunities that students are given to have, and find, personal spiritual growth”, said Student Ambassador Savannah Clapper.
Not only does RED101 provide the opportunity for Q & A sessions, but it also gives prospective students a chance to meet and connect with other potential students as well.
“It was a great feeling to see familiar faces and connections I had made at RED101 during freshmen orientation and around campus,” Brianna Zapata said. “My favorite part about my visit was when we spent time together as a whole in the Vogel Room in the Learning Commons; that is probably one of the biggest reasons why I came to NW. It was a lot of fun.”
The RED101 days that are planned for this year are Jan. 18-19, Jan. 30-31, Feb. 15-16, Mar. 22-23 and Apr. 12-13.