KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz will hold the 13th annual College Night Sept. 25 at the Special Events Center on Rhine Ordnance Barracks.

More than 80 colleges and universities will be present to answer questions concerning college for teens and their parents.

"College Night is an important event for parents and students because not every student is afforded the opportunity to return to the States for college visits," said Lynn Rice, garrison school liaison officer.

Nicholas Sifer, garrison chief of staff, added, "This event helps teens gain insight and knowledge from individuals that have firsthand knowledge and experiences at these schools, helping them in their decision-making process. For parents, this event also helps them understand the environment that they will be sending their sons and daughters to, which helps put them at ease."

Parents and teens gain key information such as costs, curriculum details and the application process for the specific schools they are interested in, Sifer said.

Prospective students should seize the opportunity to research what college they would like to attend as some colleges and universities provide scholarship opportunities. In addition to the colleges and universities represented, there will be organizations which provide scholarships to students," Rice said. A few European universities will also be represented.

As to what can be expected during College Night, Sifer said to expect "many smiling faces and folks that truly want to help. This is perhaps the one opportunity teens and family members will have to talk to graduates from attending universities, so they should grab that opportunity and don't be shy. Talk to as many college reps as possible."

The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free to attend. Backpacks are not allowed. For more details, call DSN 541-9061 or 0611-143-541-9061.