A Fairfield University admissions official will offer insights to the college admission process during a free program at the university's downtown book store Thursday evening, Oct. 9.

The program is at 7 p.m. at the 1499 Post Road store. Karen Pellegrino, the university's dean of enrollment, will give the presentation "Behind the Scenes of College Admission," the university said in a news release.

The presentation is designed for high school students and their parents, the university said, and will cover how students can stand out from the crowd; determining the best academic fit; importance of test scores, essays, interviews and campus visits; and navigating the application and financial aid process.