The event will give area residents who are considering taking classes this fall the opportunity to "get on the fast track for fall enrollment," university officials said.
"College Express is a new program that allows all persons, regardless of age, to explore the possibility of attending college and complete much of the preliminary process in a single evening," explained Dr. Herb Lunday, dean of student services.
Those attending will have the opportunity to visit the campus, learn more about the benefits of higher education, talk to faculty members and advisers, preview academic programs, apply for admission, begin the financial aid application process, discuss student housing options, learn more about academic services and student life, and reserve a time to schedule classes either through a one-on-one visit with an adviser from the Student Advisement & Academic Support (SAAS) Center or an upcoming STudent Advising and Registration (STAR) Orientation session.
"College Express will significantly condense the usual enrollment processes and provide personal assistance in a very comfortable setting," Lunday explained.
"College Express may be especially appealing to persons who are only now becoming fully committed to attending college," he continued. "It will also help them avoid problems, such as missed classes, associated with late registration.
Complimentary pizza and soft drinks will be provided, and prizes will be given away throughout the evening.
Missouri State University--West Plains is a teaching and learning institution providing quality post-secondary educational opportunities to the communities it serves. Missouri State University--West Plains offers associate degrees and credit and non-credit courses and serves as a delivery site for bachelor's and master's degrees offered by Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.
Missouri State University--West Plains recently was named among the top two-year colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute Community College Excellence Program for the second consecutive year. The campus was one of 120 institutions selected for the honor out of the nation's 1,200 community colleges.
Pre-registration for the College Express program is encouraged. To do so, call the Missouri State University--West Plains admissions office at 417-255-7955 or toll free at 1-888-466-7897.
For more information about the campus, visit wp.missouristate.edu.