NMU Hosts Camp College

More than 150 U.P. high schoolers gather at Northern Michigan University.

They were there to consider and start planning for a college education a little early.

Camp College is for 9th-through-11th-graders from backgrounds that are usually under-represented on college campuses.

That can mean coming from very urban or very rural areas, or being the first generation in their family to attend college.

The Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling puts on Camp College.

Hillary Teague coordinates the event for them and is the assistant admissions director at Kalamazoo College.

She says Camp College takes place every May on campuses around the state, but this is the first time it’s ever been held in the U.P.

Students from Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Mid-Pen and several other U.P. high schools were there.

They heard presentations from lots of Michigan colleges on how to search for a school, ACT test prep, smaller colleges versus larger ones, NCAA sports eligibility and lots of other issues.

The best part — it’s free of charge for all the kids.