Roanoke College Ready for Visitors -- Virginia Private College Week

Instead of cramming a few college tours into a weekend road trip, prospective students can spread out their campus visits as part of Virginia Private College Week.

Held from Monday, July 28 to Saturday, August 2, the effort encourages high school students and their families to visit some of 20 private Virginia colleges participating in the week organized by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia. Roanoke tours and information sessions begin at 9 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday. On Saturday only the 9 a.m. session will be offered.

Students may register for tour sessions at Roanoke by clicking this link. Roanoke College will offer campus tours and information sessions about admissions, financial aid packages and academic programs. More than 180 families visited Roanoke during Virginia Private College Week last year.

As part of Virginia Private College Week, students receive application fee waivers if they visit at least three institutions. The waivers can be used at any of the week's participating schools.

"Private College Week is an ideal way for prospective students to discover the wealth of private colleges in Virginia," said Dr. Brenda Poggendorf, vice president of enrollment and dean of Admissions & Financial Aid at Roanoke. "Fit is one of the most important factors in a good college experience. The first visit to several colleges is a great way to begin to discern the best fit for each student."

Click here to see a full list of all the schools participating.

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.

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