Fairfield University Presents Pre-College Program for Cristo Rey Schools and Regional High School Students This Summer

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Fairfield University’s annual Cristo Rey College Exploration Summer Program and Pre-College Workshops will take place on campus this summer, July 6-12, 2014. The program is designed to increase college access and awareness and provides students with many of the skills and tools necessary for selecting the appropriate college in their future.

Fairfield University's Diana DeVellis, Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid, giving useful tips on financial aid and college scholarships to a group of students at one of last year's sessions.

“We want to instill an added sense of confidence in these students about who they are, where they are going, and what they can accomplish with the proper dedication,” said Fairfield University's Nakia Letang.

Fairfield University’s annual Cristo Rey College Exploration Summer Program and Pre-College Workshops will take place on campus this summer, July 6-12, 2014. The program is designed to increase college access and awareness and provides students with many of the skills and tools necessary for selecting the appropriate college in their future.

Students have been invited from the 24 Cristo Rey Network Schools in the U.S. and will be joined by students from a number of schools in the local New England and Tri-State (CT, NY, Mass.) areas. Cristo Rey schools, located in 17 states and the District of Columbia, provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to 7,400 young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options.

During the week-long program, Fairfield University professors from various disciplines provide the students with exposure to academics and what the students should expect in a classroom environment once they enter college. They are also introduced to a number of Jesuit principles. Over the course of the week, students are also asked to reflect daily on what they experienced and learned, and at the end of the program, students write their own statements, addressing the educational commitment they promise to make during their senior year in high school and beyond. The July 6-12 program includes a Pre-College Workshop college process focus on July 8-9.

“We want to instill an added sense of confidence in these students about who they are, where they are going, and what they can accomplish with the proper dedication,” said Nakia Letang, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission at Fairfield University. “During the program, we stress finding the purpose for their collegiate experience. Our hope is to get these students thinking more holistically about their college selection and determining the proper fit.”

Throughout their stay, students are introduced to staff and faculty responsible for the many services available to Fairfield University students. Additionally, they will be exposed to colleges and universities beyond Fairfield, with planned visits to Yale, Wesleyan, the University of New Haven, Sarah Lawrence, and Columbia University in New York City. For further program information, contact Nakia LeTang, nletang(at)fairfield(dot)edu. For media inquiries, contact Mike Horyczun, mhoryczun(at)fairfield(dot)edu

Fairfield University is a Jesuit University rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools. In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, just an hour from New York City on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast.

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