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RAF MILDENHALL, England — Lakenheath High School is hosting College Night on Nov. 19 for students and parents from Lakenheath, Alconbury and Menwith Hill high schools

Representatives from more than 40 stateside colleges will be attending the program, which begins at 6 p.m., providing information on their schools and communities.

“We want to get kids interested and focused in a place to go and also on what they need to do to get into college,” said Cyndi Johnson, a spokeswoman for Department of Defense Dependents Schools in England.

“We want them to become exposed to the whole process.”

Johnson said it is best for students and parents to start checking into colleges before the student’s senior year in high school.

“There is a lot to it,” Johnson said. “There’s deciding on a major, selecting three or four colleges that meet your needs, getting letters of recommendation from teachers and administrators.

“Putting together the financial aid package is a big process on the part of parents.”

Commitments to attend Lakenheath’s College Night have been made by representatives of 46 colleges, including Texas A&M, Maryland, Virginia, Northern Arizona, Indiana, Texas Tech, Ohio State, Colorado and Memphis.

Presenters will talk about their schools and answer questions from students and parents. Topics include costs, academic majors, housing, campuses and communities.

College Night was previously for Lakenheath students only, Johnson said. This year it was expanded to include students and parents from the other schools.

Johnson said interested students or parents should contact their guidance counselor. Transportation to the school is available, she said.

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