LWC Participates in Private College Week
Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 [7:54 AM]
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The sixth-annual Kentucky
Private College Week will be June 15-19.
Kentucky Private College Week is a coordinated effort by the
state's 20 nonprofit, independent colleges and universities to
provide students and families an easy way to explore a variety of
college campuses during the summer.
A single point of registration at kentuckyprivatecolleges.org
and common visit times at all 20 campuses -- 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
(local time) daily -- make it easy for prospective students to plan
campus visits. Some campuses will offer special times to
accommodate the schedules of non-traditional students.
"We want prospective students and their family members to
experience what makes Kentucky's private colleges and universities
such a great value," said Mason Dyer of the Association of
Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, which sponsors the
event. "Many people are surprised to find out how attainable and
affordable an independent college education can be."
The 20 participating campuses serve students from all income
levels. Almost four out of 10 students who attend Kentucky's
independent colleges and universities qualify for a Pell Grant, the
federal program for students with high financial need. Together,
the 20 campuses provide more than $150 million annually in student
financial aid and scholarships.
"The college visit is the most important factor in determining
if a campus is the right fit for you," Dyer said. "Using this
opportunity to visit multiple campuses is a great way for students
and their family members to begin learn more about what each of
Kentucky's private colleges and universities have to offer."
In addition to the two daily sessions, select campuses will host
special evening information sessions for working adults interested
in pursuing a degree. More than one in five students at Kentucky's
independent colleges is at least 25 years old.
"While non-traditional students are always welcome at all of our
campuses, more than half of Kentucky's independent colleges offer
special opportunities for working adults," Dyer said. "These
include degree-completion programs, evening and weekend classes,
online learning, extended campuses, or participation in special
programs such as Project Graduate."
Project Graduate is a statewide initiative to help students with
90 or more credit hours finish a baccalaureate degree.
Not to be overlooked in this economy are the ways in which
Kentucky Private College Week helps potential students save money.
In addition to reducing travel costs by making it easy to combine
visits, each visitor receives an application fee waiver (up to a
$40 value) for every campus they visit during Private College
"Kentucky Private College Week is the perfect road-trip
opportunity," Dyer said. "We have campuses located across Kentucky,
from Pikeville to Mayfield, in some of the most beautiful places in
the entire country. With the economy keeping people closer to home
this summer, we see this as a great chance to see Kentucky while
also preparing for the future."
Visit the Kentucky Private College Week blog at kentuckyprivatecolleges.org
to register, see videos featuring current students, learn more
about participating campuses, get directions, and see the latest
news about Kentucky's private colleges. Or call the Association of Independent Kentucky
Colleges and Universities at (502) 695-5007 for more
Kentucky Private College Week is an initiative of the
Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities
(www.aikcu.org). Campuses participating in Kentucky Private College
Week include: Alice Lloyd College, Asbury College, Bellarmine
University, Berea College, Brescia University, Campbellsville
University, Centre College, Georgetown College, Kentucky Christian
University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College,
Mid-Continent University, Midway College, Pikeville College, St.
Catharine College, Spalding University, Thomas More College,
Transylvania University, Union College and University of the