Virginia Private College Week

SALEM, VA—Roanoke College invites high school students and their families to visit the college during Virginia Private College Week in the first week of August.  Students who visit four colleges during the week will receive special application fee waivers, making it possible to apply to any three institutions for free.  Campus tours and informational sessions on how to apply for admission and financial aid are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 7.

 “CICV Private College Week provides an excellent opportunity for prospective college students and their parents to see just how special a private college educational experience can be,” Paul Schroeder, Roanoke’s director of admissions, said. “Colleges like Roanoke offer challenging and interesting coursework taught by high quality faculty in small, interactive classroom settings.  In the end, graduates of Virginia’s private colleges are better prepared to succeed in the dynamic global society which awaits their arrival.”

“Families will be impressed with the diversity, quality, and affordability of our colleges," explains Robert Lambeth, President of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV), the organization sponsoring Virginia Private College Week.  “Students at private colleges benefit from a supportive campus environment where classes are small, professors are accessible, and students are encouraged to become involved in extra-curricular activities.”

A private college education is more affordable than many families think.  Last year, private colleges gave students more than $200 million in scholarships and grants.  In addition, all full-time students from Virginia attending a Virginia private college are eligible to receive a $2,500 state grant —Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) — for a maximum of four years.

Last year, CICV colleges reported almost 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 or or by calling 1-800-388-2276.