‘Ivy Plus’ College Night brings nation’s top colleges to HISD

Houston ISD high school students will meet with admissions representatives from colleges and universities ranked among the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report at the district’s Ivy Plus College Night on Monday, Oct. 6.

High school juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to attend the event, which is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. at Reagan High School, 413 E. 13th Street. Ivy Plus College Night includes a college expo featuring various top tier universities such as Yale, Harvard, Rice, and Duke.

Students and their families will have the opportunity to participate in college admissions workshops to learn about scholarships and financial aid resources and how to increase a student’s chances of getting accepted into these colleges.

“We target these colleges and universities because they provide great opportunities and extensive resources for our students,” said Danny Rojas, an academic program manager with the district’s EMERGE program, which prepares students to receive scholarships and admission to the nation’s top colleges. “If they are accepted into these universities, they are eligible for substantial financial aid. Some students in the EMERGE program have received full-ride scholarships to these top-tier universities.”

Ivy Plus also includes a special session that allows HISD administrators and college access coordinators to meet with college admissions officers on the selective admissions process and on EMERGE, which is open to high school students in grades 9–11 in the district. The deadline to apply to the program this year is Saturday, Nov. 1. This session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 W. 18th St., 77092).