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ABAC opens campus for high school students

Herring Hall, left, and Tift Hall, at right in the background, are two of three original Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College buildings. Tift Hall is currently furthest along in the $10.75 million renovation project of Tift, Herring and Lewis halls.

Herring Hall, left, and Tift Hall, at right in the background, are two of three original Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College buildings. Tift Hall is currently furthest along in the $10.75 million renovation project of Tift, Herring and Lewis halls.

TIFTON -- High school students will have an opportunity to experience all the sights and sounds of the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Feb. 12 at Stallion Day.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Donaldson Dining Hall.

"Stallion Day provides an exciting opportunity for both students and parents in their search for a college," said Brooke Jernigan, admissions counselor in the Office of Enrollment Services. "Interactive classes, on-the-spot admissions, and Conversation Corners are just a few things that set us apart from other open campus days."

Visitors can take tours guided by the ABAC Ambassadors before perusing the exhibits at the Stallion Marketplace located in Gressette Gym from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Stallion Marketplace offers a glimpse at over 50 programs of study including on-campus bachelor's degrees in Rural Studies, Diversified Agriculture, Turfgrass and Golf Course Management, Early Childhood Education, Management and Accounting.

Conversation Corners will take place from 10:45 to 11:50 a.m. in the Health Sciences Building. This activity allows students to choose two detailed information sessions focusing on areas such as learning communities, music, housing, student involvement and the Honors Program.

Parents are also welcome to attend.

"Two unique Conversation Corners that are new this year will focus on home school and transfer students," said Jernigan. "We are excited about reaching these students."

A free lunch for the visiting students in the Donaldson Dining Hall will be provided from noon to 1 p.m. Meals are available for parents at a cost of $6 per person. During the noon hour, high school seniors will have a chance to win waivers for housing, a one-semester meal plan worth over $1,000 and a $500 tuition grant.

Students who have submitted official transcripts and official SAT/ACT scores will also receive on-the-spot admission to the college at the event.

From 1 to 1:45 p.m., parents will remain in the dining hall for an information session while students take part in interactive classes from the six schools of study at ABAC.

Students and parents will reunite from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to take advantage of sessions on financial aid and housing and to tour the ABAC Lakeside freshman housing complex.

"We hope that when students leave Stallion Day, they will be certain that ABAC is their state college of choice," said Jernigan.

Prospective students should sign up ahead of time for the Stallion Day event at www.abac.edu/stalliondays or call (229) 391-5004. More information regarding Stallion Day is available by contacting the Office of Enrollment Services via e-mail at abacinfo@abac.edu.