Roanoke College expecting a strong turnout for Virginia Private College Week

SALEM, Va. - Governor Bob McDonnell has issued a certificate of recognition distinguishing July 26 - 31 as "Private College Week" in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Roanoke College is one of 25 private Virginia colleges that will offer campus tours and information sessions about admissions, financial aid and academic programs during Virginia Private College Week, which is sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia.

Sessions at Roanoke College will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Brenda Poggendorf, vice president for enrollment, expects to welcome many students to the campus. "The campus visit is the single best way to learn about a college" Poggendorf said. "Meeting students, faculty and staff firsthand brings the college to life and begins to give the student an idea of whether it's the right fit for them - after all, that's what the college selection process is all about - finding the right fit for each student."

"Visiting campuses in person is one of the most important steps in the college search process," explains Robert Lambeth, President of CICV. "I encourage parents to explore which college will be the best fit for their son or daughter, and I want to reassure them that a quality education at a Virginia private college is affordable and within reach."

To schedule a visit to Roanoke, go to www.roanoke.edu/events or call the Admissions Office at (540) 375-2270 or toll-free at 800-388-2276.

Last year, Virginia private colleges gave students close to $400 million in scholarships and grants. In-state students attending a Virginia private college are also eligible for the Tuition Assistance Grant. A program of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the TAG will be approximately $2,600 next year. It is not based on need or merit and is an annual grant available for four years at the undergraduate level.

Students who visit at least three of the 25 campuses during the week will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use these waivers to apply to any CICV colleges for free.

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. With 27 member institutions, CICV was founded in 1971 to promote the interests of nonprofit, private colleges and universities in Virginia.

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: July 19, 2010
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu