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Virtual Nighthawk Preview offers high school students info on all five UNG campuses

The University of North Georgia (UNG) offers an innovative approach to the Open Nighthawk Preview event starting at 10 a.m. October 10.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the free virtual event will allow prospective students and their families to learn about all five UNG campuses. Registration is available on the Nighthawk Preview website.

Traditionally, Nighthawk Preview events have been held on each campus. Now, those interested in learning more about UNG will hear about the Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville and Oconee complexes virtually through Zoom.

“We try to provide prospective students and their families with as many opportunities as possible to see what UNG has to offer,” said Nathan Rice, Associate Director of Enlistment Admissions Operations. “While we are disappointed that we cannot welcome guests on campus to preview Nighthawk this fall, we are excited to showcase all five of our campuses in one location.”

Nighthawk Preview will include a live panel at 11:40 a.m. for high school students to hear from current UNG students about their experience and submit questions for answers.

“Students more than ever want to get a real view of what UNG looks like,” said Rice. “They’ve been disrupted and altered by their high school experience, and they’re curious to see what that looks like on the college side.”

One of those who will be sharing their experiences at UNG is Noah Bryant, a senior student from Cumming, Georgia, with a degree in history and a minor in anthropology. He has spent time as a student at the Cumming and Gainesville campuses. He appreciated the feeling of the small campus in Cumming.

“It makes it easier to get involved and see how college works,” Bryant said.

Until moving to the Gainesville campus, which has the largest student population among the UNG campuses, Bryant didn’t see his class sizes change much. This provides easier access to faculty than students at larger universities might have.

“They want the students to succeed,” Bryant said. “They are very open to help.”

Prospective students will hear about admissions processes, student participation, financial aid, student services, and more in live sessions offered in English and Spanish from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The live student board will also be in English and Spanish.

The Open House event will also provide a “college show” from 11am-2pm where prospective students will be able to pop into different Zoom rooms to hear from a select group of faculty, staff, and students to learn more about specific programs. In addition to the live presentations and show, there will be several pre-recorded presentations for guests to learn more about the performances at UNG.

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