7th Graders Become College Students for a Day

Students from Jefferson Intermediate School will experience “college for a day” at Bethel College. Half the 7th grade class will visit on Wednesday, March 20, and the rest will visit on March 21. “College for a day” is a unique experience sponsored by Ivy Tech, the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University South Bend and Bethel College where middle school students can see firsthand the opportunities that college has to offer.

“The middle school students are at a critical juncture in their academic careers,” says Associate Professor of Education Susan Karrer, Ph.D. “They are making decisions about who they are as students, and these decisions could either positively or negatively impact their high school and post-high school careers. We want to give them the chance to see themselves as college students.”

The schedule includes visits to various classrooms, information sessions about applying to college and financial aid, as well as a campus tour and even graduation at the end of the day.


8:45-8:55 a.m.             Arrive and welcome (Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Rotunda)

8:55-10:05 a.m.           Apply to college          Calculate GPA           

                                        Financial aid                Penny simulation

                                        Pay tuition                   Buy books

10:10-10:45 a.m.         Campus tours

10:55-11:20 a.m.         Bethel student panel (Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Rotunda)

11:20-11:45 a.m.         Campus tours

12:00-12:40 p.m.         Lunch with a Bethel student at each table (Dining Commons)                            

12:50-1:35 p.m.           Graduation (Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center – Rotunda)

1:40 p.m.                       Leave and return to Jefferson

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.