Virginia Private College Week to boost campus visits

Salem - Summer is the time for high school juniors and seniors to visit colleges and universities to explore which school is the best fit for them.

Students are invited to participate in Virginia Private College Week, hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, from July 29-Aug. 3.

The week is designed to encourage students to visit as many of the 25 colleges that are members of this council as possible, including Roanoke College.

"Families usually tend to set aside this week for college visits," said Pat LeDonne, who is director of admissions at Roanoke. "They can usually hit about 11 schools in the given time frame."

Advertising for Private College Week has proven to be effective for Roanoke in the past. Last year, more than 125 families visited Roanoke for tours and information sessions.

If students visit at least three campuses that are members of the council during Private College Week, they will receive three application fee waivers to the schools of their choice. Should students chose to apply to Roanoke, they will save $30.

At Roanoke, tours of the campus will be held July 29 through Aug. 3. There will be two tours and information sessions daily, with the first beginning at 9 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m. On Aug. 3, only a 9 a.m. session will be offered.

Students may register for tour sessions by clicking this link.

"This week is always successful for us here at Roanoke," LeDonne said. "We're always busy with visits, but Private College Week really helps us to show the school to potential students."

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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Released: July 19, 2013
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