For many students in high school, one of their biggest decisions is where to attend college.


For many students in high school, one of their biggest decisions is where to attend college. Havelock High School helped its students with that decision by hosting College Day on Tuesday.



About 50 colleges from North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee and even Alabama had representatives to provide information to juniors and seniors.



“I’m just looking around to see what they have for me,” senior Kevin Faulk said. “I’m looking at some of the majors to see what might interest me.”



Faulk, who had information from UNC-Asheville and Mount Olive College among others, said he may be interested in music or drama, and for him, the event provided important information.



“I hadn’t really thought about it that much,” Faulk said of his college decision. “It’s a nice opportunity to see all of the options.”



As soon as senior Nichole Lay entered the school’s gymnasium where the event was held, she immediately went to the UNC-Wilmington representative.



“It’s Wilmington all the way,” she said.



Lay said she planned to enter the college’s criminal justice program and has designs on eventually heading to the University of North Carolina to get her law degree.



She said getting the opportunity to talk face-to-face with a college representative was important.



“It’s really helpful, it’s really informative, and they helped me a lot,” she said. “It’s great because the students can come out here and see all the colleges they might what to go to and learn more about them if the brochures aren’t enough.”



For junior Savanna Thorton, College Day provided her information as she narrows her decision on where to apply for college her senior year.



“It’s opening my eyes up to some of the schools in North Carolina because originally I was looking out of state,” she said. “Some of these I liked because of the small class sizes, and I like that some of them are closer to home so I can come home, but they’re far enough away so I can be away from home.”



Katie McIntyre, from Raleigh, serves as the regional recruiter for the University of Alabama,



“It gives us some exposure and gives students an opportunity to think outside the box and think outside the state and give them some ideas about the opportunities they can find at the University of Alabama,” she said of the event.



She said she discussed scholarship opportunities with students who could receive enough money to make attending school at Alabama comparable to North Carolina in-state tuition.



“Scholarships are probably the biggest things we stress with these students,” she said. “A lot of times, they can be eligible for scholarships that will bring tuition down to a minimum of what at least they would be eligible for as an in-state student, or sometimes even better.”



As for the academics, McIntyre said the College Day provided her a chance to tout Alabama’s public relations and engineering programs.



“We have the No. 1 public relations program in the country, and the second oldest engineering program in the country,” she said. “Engineering tends to be a really big pull for students in Eastern North Carolina, and the scholarships are really strong for them. For those who are thinking about N.C. State’s engineering program, Alabama can be a really good fit with the scholarship money.”



The Havelock High School guidance office helped organize the event.