Three big reasons to visit colleges during Private College Week

The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia offers three very compelling reasons to visit participating colleges next week:  three application fee waivers.


“Washington College at Lexington,” by Henry Howe. NYPL Digital Collection.

July 29th – August 2nd has been named Virginia Private College Week by the Council, and they offer a pretty sweet deal: Visit any three of the twenty-four participating colleges during the week and you will receive three application fee waivers for any three Virginia private colleges of your choice.

What’s in it for you:  Potential savings of $150 or so + more information from colleges that interest you. Nothing beats a college visit for getting a feel for the school.

What’s in it for them:  Colleges really want you to visit their campuses. You will hear their best pitch. You might accept their story on how and why their school is the best for you. You might decide that private colleges compare favorably to public universities. You might fall in love with their school. You might apply and, by boosting application numbers, help drive selectivity ratings, which help increase US News & World Report ratings.*

Here’s the list of participating colleges and universities:

  • Averett University
  • Bluefield College
  • Bridgewater College
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Ferrum College
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Hampton University
  • Hollins University
  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Liberty University
  • Lynchburg College
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Marymount University
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Roanoke College
  • Shenandoah University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • University of Richmond
  • Virginia Intermont College
  • Virginia Union University
  • Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Washington and Lee University

Learn more at Virginia Private College Week. They provide profiles of each of the member colleges and specific information about scheduled information sessions.

This is simply a public service announcement. Do any other states offer something like this?

I wish we could take advantage of it, but Mod Squad Julie is finishing up an internship and the rest of us are trying to get our work (and play and summer reading assignments) done to head out of town for a family reunion. And maybe write a post about college essays if there’s time…

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One response to “Three big reasons to visit colleges during Private College Week

  1. We found Private College Weeks to be very informative, Jane. Around the Chicago area, Wisconsin (was July 8-13), Minnesota (was June 24-28), Iowa (August 5-9), and Indiana (was July 22-26) have them. They all are structured very similarly to the Virginia week you described.

    We participated in the Iowa week about 10 year ago. Our oldest daughter was a rising junior and this program allowed her to see three great schools, Drake, Coe and Cornell College in two days. She eventually applied to Coe and got accepted but decided to go to another liberal arts school in Minnesota.

    In addition to the choosing Coe, she also decided that small, liberal arts colleges were right for her. The Big Ten universities and Midwestern Ivys (Northwestern, Chicago, Notre Dame, Washington University in St. Louis, etc.) receive much of the chatter among students and adults in our area. Seeing the many positives of liberal arts schools first hand was eye opening to her. She eventually went to Washington University for graduate studies and she believes the experiences at a liberal arts college prepared her well for the admission process and her studies.

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