Roanoke prepares for Virginia Private College Week

With summer campus visits in full swing, private colleges across Virginia are preparing for Virginia Private College Week when they expect crowds of high school students and their parents to visit.

For the 15th year, some Virginia private colleges are offering incentives for high school students who stop in for a visit during the week of July 30- Aug. 4.

The week is Virginia Private College Week, and it is one of the busiest campus visit weeks of the year at Roanoke College. 

The week is designed to encourage high school juniors and seniors to visit several institutions, out of 25 participating colleges. These colleges plan information sessions and campus tours for each of the six days.

Last year, more than 100 families came to Roanoke during Virginia Private College Week, said Pat LeDonne, Roanoke's director of admissions.

At Roanoke, campus tours and information sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 30 to Aug. 3 and at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4. You can register at this link:

Also, students who tour at least three different campuses during the week receive three application fee waivers. The waivers apply to any Virginia schools that are members of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia. Application fees typically range from $25 to $50, said Lisa Ghidotti, spokeswoman for the CICV. Roanoke's application fee is $30.

"This is a great opportunity for college-bound students," said Brenda Poggendorf, vice president for enrollment and dean of admissions and financial aid at Roanoke.  "Virginia offers a rich array of private colleges of various sizes and emphases.  There is no substitute for walking on a campus and experiencing the setting, the people, the programs and facilities firsthand."

Check out which colleges will be participating in this week by visiting CICV's web site

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

Released: July 25, 2012
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