Still Time to Enroll in College for Fall
It’s not too late to go to college this fall. That’s the message of Dr. Angela Harris, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services at Dalton State College who says that Dalton State is accepting applications for the fall 2011 semester which begins August 15.
“We would encourage anyone who thinks they might want to go to college to come talk to us, the sooner, the better,” said Dr. Harris, enumerating the reasons prospective students should consider Dalton State:
“As a regional state college of the University System of Georgia, we offer the stimulating and challenging academic programs that students are looking for,” said Dr. Harris. “Dalton State offers 14 bachelor’s degree programs as well as a host of associate degree and certificate programs.
“In addition, Dalton State is highly affordable,” she said. “An in-state student taking 15 hours or more at Dalton State will pay $1,811 in tuition and fees for the semester. We believe we are keeping college education within the economic grasp of most Georgia families.
“Our average class size is 24 students and all our classes are taught by Dalton State faculty, not graduate or undergraduate teaching assistants,” she said. “Our faculty are highly qualified – 62 percent hold the doctorate degree.”
Most students at Dalton State, 79 percent, receive financial aid, Dr. Harris added. “We have very talented financial aid counselors who are here to help students secure the aid they need to go to college. In order to enroll for the fall semester, prospective students need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible at www.fafsa.gov. Although the deadline to apply was May 1; it has been extended and students are encouraged to apply before July 1.
“Other documentation beyond the FAFSA could be required to apply for financial aid, so we encourage prospective students to file the FAFSA right away,” she said.
“We especially welcome students who are the first in their family to go to college,” said Harris. “We realize that for these folks, the prospect of going to college can be especially daunting, but we’re here to help.” Last year, 59 percent of enrolled freshmen at Dalton State were first generation college students.
In addition to the FAFSA, prospective students will need to file a Dalton State application and submit SAT or ACT scores.
“The main thing is that we need to know about you,” said Dr. Harris. “If it is your dream to go to college, but you haven’t taken the steps to get there, you can still do it. You can register with us now and be on campus in August.”
To find out more, contact the Dalton State Office of Admission at www.daltonstate.edu/admission or by calling 706-272-4436.