Updated February 12, 2018Christopher de Hoyos
The HACU/U.S. Army University Tour program hosts a campus tour for high school students at California State University, Fullerton
More than 600 Los Angeles and Orange County area high school students were among the participants of the 16th Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)/U.S. Army University Tour at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), Feb. 5-9, 2018.
In welcoming remarks on February 9, 2018, President Fram Virjee of Cal State Fullerton shared his personal story with the students, “My dad was an orphan on the streets of India, and I immigrated to this country when I was only six. Public higher education transformed my life, and the lives of my sons, and now my grandchild. Yes, I was the first to go to college in my family, but not the last. That is the reason I stand before you the president of the third largest university in California, and it is the reason I want you to join me here at Cal State Fullerton in a few years; not as visitors, but as students, and eventually graduates.”
The majority of students that participated were first-generation college bound students and the college experience marked their first visit to a campus. “It’s rewarding to be able to provide high school students with the necessary information to help them navigate the college search process,” said HACU Director of K-12 Initiatives Jeanette Morales. “We hope that the University Tour program helps students take the next step in seeking a college education.”
The HACU/U.S. Army University Tour, coordinated with CSUF, included participation from students from these Los Angeles and Orange County area high schools:
Arnold O. Beckman High School
Artesia High School
The HACU/U.S. Army University Tour program provides students an opportunity to participate - some for the first time - in campus tours to learn more about pathways to higher education. In addition to a daily tour of the university campus, students attended workshops on admission, financial aid, campus resources and educational opportunities offered through the U.S. Army. Students also met with representatives from the Titan ROTC battalion cadets to learn about the university experience.