It was a college visit for the record books.
More than 300 students from across District 214 schools participated in a campus visit on April 16 to Eastern Illinois University. The visit marks the first time students across District 214 schools toured a college campus together.
At Eastern Illinois, students received tours of the campus, met with directors of various departments during a majors and minors academic fair, and heard from college students during breakout sessions.
The majority of District 214 students who attended were juniors, many of whom had never visited a college campus. As part of the experience, students also ate in the university’s cafeterias.
"It was inspirational to witness the excitement on student's faces as they explored campus for the first time," said Matt Liberatore, District 214's director of professional learning & student services.
Eastern is one of District 214’s postsecondary partners. As part of the partnership, students have opportunities to earn college credit from Eastern while in high school, saving money on college tuition and time spent in college.
Check out the photo gallery below to see more pictures of the visit.