The annual CSRA College Night is scheduled at the James Brown Arena in Augusta today from 5 to 8:30 p.m.


High school students and parents from public and private schools throughout Aiken County and surrounding counties will get the opportunity to meet with representatives from scores of colleges and universities and learn about what they have to offer.


Students may also register for scholarships that will be awarded in random drawings at the conclusion of the event.


The participating colleges include USC Aiken, Aiken Technical College, Augusta Technical College, the University of South Carolina, Georgia Regents University, Clemson University, the College of Charleston and many more engineering and science and liberal arts institutions.


The CSRA College Night is a cooperative effort among the Department of Energy, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions LLC and its partners, area schools, business and industry and local government.


About 6,000 students participate every year.


Darriel Whetstone, a Wagener-Salley High School guidance counselor, brought 19 juniors and seniors to the event in 2012.


The students get to learn about different colleges for the cheapest price possible, he said with a smile. The sponsors do not charge a fee for College Night.


“There’s someone here from a college our students can meet and develop a relationship with,” Whetstone said last year. “The biggest part is for them to see all the other students here who are also excited about college.”