Senior Rob Halliday's Arabic 101 class will have a couple of unfamiliar faces in class this morning: two ninth graders from local high schools.

"It might be a little intimidating for them, but hopefully they get excited," Halliday said.

Sixty-four visiting ninth graders from Mid-Coast Maine will be participants in a larger, day-long program called "Aspirations in Maine: A Taste of College." Run through the Center for the Common Good, the day's events include meeting students, attending classes, and hearing from officers in admissions and student aid. Thirty-five Bowdoin students will serve as hosts for the visiting students.

Youth and Education Coordinator at the McKeen Center Jessica Horstkotte '08 said that the day is "tailored to students who are on the cusp of attending college."

"It's not a recruiting visit. It's a way to let them experience college," Halliday said.