Strong turnout expected for Virginia Private College Week

Students gather in front of Roanoke's library.

Students gather in front of Roanoke's library.

SALEM, Va. - Governor Kaine has issued a proclamation recognizing July 28-August 2 as “Private College Week” in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Roanoke College is one of 24 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, August 2. Admissions Director James Pennix expects 150 families or more to visit Roanoke during this event. He likes that the private colleges work together and says that it's “a really good week. Everyone who's there understands the difference between a private school and a public school.”

Robert Lambeth, president of the CICV, says, “Our institutions are different from many state universities because our classes are small and students receive personal attention. 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-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 $3,200 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 24 campuses during the week will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use these waivers to apply to any CICV colleges for free. Last year, CICV colleges reported 1,800 visits during Virginia Private College Week, with students and families visiting from 30 states and the District of Columbia.

More information about Virginia Private College Week and the application fee waivers can be found at or by contacting any of the participating colleges. With 25 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 276 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 10, 2008
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