Do you think that private colleges are out of your family’s financial reach? You might need to think again after this week. This week is the annual Virginia Private College week http://www.vaprivatecolleges.org/. The 27 private colleges and universities that make up The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) are all welcoming visitors this week. The goal of Virginia Private College week is to attract high school juniors and seniors for campus visits.
From east to west and north to south, there are many wonderful private college choices in Virginia. Some specialize in law or medicine, some are single sex, some are coed, and some are historic black colleges. The choices are as unique as your child and the price tags aren’t as expensive as the word private might make you think.
The Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant program (V-TAG) provides annual grants to Virginia residents who are full-time students at eligible colleges and universities. Nearly all private colleges also offer tuition assistance based on academics, or special interests. There are also many grants, loans, and scholarships available as well as campus work opportunities. The financial aid office at each college can help your student with all possible financial aid choices.
Not all students thrive in the large environment of many public universities. Most private colleges and universities have smaller class sizes and more accessible professors. From art to history, veterinary science to athletic training, engineering to teaching, from business and english to mathematics and the sciences, there are many choices for major programs available to students. There are also many professional and graduate choices at some of Virginia’s private colleges.
There are many extracurricular choices available for students at private colleges including sports, music, leadership opportunities, equestrian, and study abroad opportunities.
All students who visit three or more private colleges this week will receive a waiver to apply free to three of those colleges. Locally there are four colleges and universities taking part in Virginia Private College week: Liberty University http://www.liberty.edu/, Lynchburg College http://www.lynchburg.edu/, Randolph College http://www.randolphcollege.edu/, and Sweet Briar College http://www.sbc.edu/. Liberty will offer tours at 9am and 1pm on Friday and at 10am on Saturday. The other three will offer tours at 9am and 2pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday.
There are many others within a short drive of Lynchburg including Averett University in Danville, Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Roanoke College in Salem, and Bridgewater College in Bridgewater. For a full listing of Virginia’s private colleges and universities including each college’s website, please visit www.vaprivatecolleges.org.
If you are the parent of a high school student, this is a great opportunity to expose your child to some college choices that might be a perfect fit for your child and your family.