Program dates: July 8 - 28, 2018             

Arrival Information

WHAT:   Student Arrival and Registration

WHEN:   Sunday, July 8, 2018

TIME:     10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Louisiana Scholars' College (in Morrison Hall on the Northwestern State campus)

                326 Caspari Street

                Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457

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NOTE:  If the student must arrive after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 8th, arrangements must be made with the ADVANCE office by Monday, July 2nd. 


    1.  Students report to registration first and will be told who their RA is, receive a t-shirt, and briefly meet the Director, Counselor, and Medical Constultant.

    2.  While at registration, parents will schedule their parent conference time for Saturday, July 28th.

    3.  Students eat lunch with their parents. Supper on Sunday, July 8th, is the first meal provided for students.

    4.  Parents need to leave campus by 4:30 p.m. so that participants may have supper with their RA groups.


Departure Information

WHAT:    Closing Ceremony

WHEN:   Saturday, July 28, 2018

TIME:      9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Northwestern State University

                Magale Recital Hall

                140 Central Avenue

                Natchitoches, LA  71457

Note:  The ceremony will be held in Magale Recital Hall which is upstairs in the Creative and Performing Arts Annex.

     1.  Students must sit with their classmates during the closing ceremony.

    2.  After the closing ceremony, students walk back to the dormitory with their classmates.

    3.  Students must inspect their dormitory room with their RA before they may leave the program.


WHAT:   Parent Conferences

WHEN:   Saturday, July 28, 2018

TIME:     8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Louisiana Scholars' College (in Morrison Hall on the Northwestern State campus)

                326 Caspari Street

                Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457

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    1.  Parent conferences will be conducted before and after the closing ceremony on Saturday, July 28th.


    2.  All parent conferences must take place before the close of the program.


Flight Information

If the student flies to or from ADVANCE, flights must arrive and depart from the Shreveport Regional Airport, Shreveport, Louisiana. The student should go directly to the baggage claim area of the terminal and an ADVANCE staff member, who will be wearing an ADVANCE t-shirt, will be there to meet the student. The ADVANCE Program will provide transportation between the Shreveport airport and the Northwestern State campus on the first and last days of the program at a charge of $50 round trip paid in advance. In order to assure a place on our shuttle van from the airport, the student must provide us with his or her flight information and return Form I by June 15th. We cannot guarantee that we will meet students who have not provided their flight information. Please arrive at the airport on Sunday, July 8th, between 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please do not book a return flight home after 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28th.


NOTE:  All students must check out of the dormitory by 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018.