The website is updated, and our dates are July 5 - 25, 2020!

Arrival Information

WHAT:   Student Arrival and Registration

WHEN:   Sunday, July 5, 2020

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 5th, arrangements must be made with the ADVANCE office by Monday, June 29th. 


    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 (nurse).

    2.  After registration, students and their parents/guardians will drive to our dorm, UP2 (Directions will be

         provided.) located at 136 Sam Sibley Dr., Natchitoches, LA

    3.  Students eat lunch with their families. Supper on Sunday, July 5th, is the first meal provided for students.

    4.  Parents/guardians must leave campus by 4:30 p.m. so participants may have supper with their RA groups.

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Departure Information

WHAT:    Closing Ceremony

WHEN:   Saturday, July 25, 2020

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/Guardian Conferences

WHEN:   Saturday, July 25, 2020

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. At registration on Sunday, July 5th, parents/guardians will schedule their conference time for July 25th. 


   2.  Parent/guardian conferences will be conducted before and after the closing ceremony on Saturday,

        July 25th.


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


Flight Information

If students fly to or from ADVANCE, all flights must arrive and depart from the Shreveport Regional Airport, Shreveport, Louisiana. Upon arrival, students 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 them. The ADVANCE Program will only 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, parents must provide us with their child's flight information and return Form F by June 12th. We cannot guarantee that we will meet students who have not provided their flight information.


Students should plan to arrive at the Shreveport airport on Sunday, July 5th, between 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. so they will arrive at Northwestern State in time to begin the program.


Parents should not book a return flight home after 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 25th. 


NOTE:  All students must check out of the dormitory by 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2020.