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Students Invited to Private College Week

Bluefield College will join 23 other Virginia private colleges in a statewide series of open house events, July 28 through August 2, designed to increase awareness of the quality and affordability of a private college education.

Chris Shoemaker

July 17, 2014

 

Rising high school juniors and seniors and their families are invited to participate in Virginia Private College Week by attending at least one of the open house sessions at Bluefield College. BC sessions will take place twice a day at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 28 through August 1, and once at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 2.

 

Sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) -- an association of independent colleges and universities working together to promote awareness of Virginia’s private higher education -- Virginia Private College Week is an annual event designed to introduce prospective students to the opportunities and benefits available at a Virginia private undergraduate college.

 

More than 130,000 students attend a private college in Virginia and benefit from “an array of academic programs,” “outstanding faculty,” “small classes,” and “excellent preparation for a career or graduate school.” Visiting one of those campuses during the college search process, said Dr. Robert Lambeth, president of the CICV, is one of the most important steps in choosing a college.

 

“I encourage parents to explore which college will be the best fit for their son or daughter,” said Dr. Lambeth, “and I want to reassure them that a quality education at a Virginia private college is affordable and within reach. Visiting the campuses in person is one of the most important steps in the college search process.”

 

During its sessions, Bluefield College, a private Christian liberal arts college located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, will host campus tours, financial aid workshops, and information sessions on the admissions process. BC also will provide a look into its academic programs and student life.

 

Affordability and quality will be the focus of Private College Week. In fact, Bluefield College officials will address a variety of common myths about private higher education during their sessions, including the myths that private colleges are too expensive, less accessible for the middle class, and less generous with financial aid.

 

“The difference between public and private college tuition is far less than many families assume, thanks to significant merit and need-based grants and the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant,” said Dr. Lambeth. “Affordable, personal and quality -- these are the words I hope families will associate with a private college education. Our students are successful, because their education is customized to meet their goals both in and out of the classroom.”

 

Prospective students who visit Bluefield College and at least two other CICV colleges during Virginia Private College Week will receive application fee waivers from each of the three institutions, exempting them from the usual application fees charged by the colleges.

 

Students planning to visit the BC campus are encouraged to register prior to the event by contacting the BC Admissions Office by phone at 800-872-0176 (x4272) or by email at For more information, visit www.privatecollegeweek.org or www.vaprivatecolleges.org.

 

 

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