October 14, 2013
Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM CST
PEORIA, Ill. -- People across the country celebrated Columbus Day with celebrations of Italian-American culture, parades and college visits.
Admission officials at Bradley University said Columbus Day is a popular day for prospective student visits since many high schools are closed in observance of the holiday.
On Monday, Bradley officials rolled out the red carpet for a group of high school students from all across the Midwest.
The tour included a pep talk from University President Joanne Glasser.
Tour organizers said these visits are the first step in the college search process.
"Students are seeing if this is the right place, the right fit for them, and most of our students will come back and visit 2 or 3 times," said Justin Ball, Bradley Associate VP for Enrollment Management. "They'll come back for an overnight campus visit to see what life in the residence halls and campus social life is really like. They'll come and sit in on some classes. Meet with faculty members. And just really make sure Bradley University is really where they want to be."
Now is the time for high school seniors to begin the college admission process. On Wednesday, Illinois Central College is hosting a College Night for area high school students.
The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the CougarPlex on the East Peoria Campus.
Representatives from more than 80 colleges and universities will be in attendance. For more information log on to icc.edu/collegenight