Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia program encourages high school students to explore higher education options in the state
7/19/2007 10:46:49 AM
LYNCHBURG – Randolph College will participate in the annual Virginia Private College Week July 30 – Aug. 4.
The program, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia and its 24 member colleges, offers high school students the opportunity to explore the various higher education options available in the state. As an added bonus, students who visit three campuses during the week will receive application fee waivers to any three CICV colleges or universities.
"During Private College Week, families will learn about the quality and affordability of our institutions," explains Robert Lambeth, President of CICV. "Our students are engaged in the classroom, involved on campus, and prepared for a career or graduate school. What makes private colleges different from many state universities are our small classes and the personal attention our students receive."
A private college education is more affordable than many families think. Last year, Virginia private colleges gave students more than $200 million in scholarships and grants. In addition, in-state students attending a Virginia private college are eligible to receive a state grant –Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) – for a maximum of four years. Next year's grant will be approximately $3,200. During Private College Week, each CICV college and university will hold daily open houses. Sessions will include campus tours, curriculum and programs overviews, and financial and admissions workshops.
Campus tours during Private College Week may include informational sessions on how to apply for admission and financial aid. Sessions at most colleges will be offered at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4 (exceptions are noted on www.privatecollegeweek.org).
Last year, CICV colleges reported over 2,000 visits during Virginia Private College Week, with students and families visiting from 33 states and the District of Columbia. Private College Week is not an organized bus tour. Rather, students will visit the colleges on their own and must arrange their own transportation. Students are also encouraged to call the colleges beforehand and make an appointment.
More information about Virginia Private College Week and the application fee waivers can be found at www.privatecollegeweek.org or by contacting any of the participating colleges. More information about Virginia Private College Week and the application fee waivers can be found at www.privatecollegeweek.org or by contacting participating colleges.
To sign up for a tour, contact Randolph College’s Admission's Department at (434)947-8100. CICV can be contacted at (540) 586-0606.
CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of Communications