‘Visit Your Own Back Yard,’ EMU Says

Eastern Mennonite University is among 24 schools in the Old Dominion taking part in the annual “Virginia Private Colleges Week,” July 30 – Aug. 4, 2007.

High school students who visit three Virginia private colleges during the designated week will receive application fee waivers redeemable at any three private colleges. With application fees ranging from $15 to $50, students could save as much as $100.

“We hope that students and their families will participate and learn about the wonderful opportunities available at Virginia private colleges,” said Robert Lambeth, president of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV). “Our colleges are affordable, offering an academic community where teaching comes first, classes are smaller and students receive more personal attention.”

Campus tours during Private College Week include informational sessions on how to apply for admission and financial aid.

Sessions will be offered at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2. Participants will receive a stamped “passport” at the first college they visit and should have it stamped at each college visited. Passports with three stamps can be redeemed at CICV for fee waivers that can be used at any of the 24 participating CICV-member colleges.

CICV was founded in 1971 to promote the interests of nonprofit, independent higher education in Virginia. The Council was also instrumental in starting the state’s Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program. All full-time undergraduate students from Virginia attending a CICV institution in 2007-08 will be eligible to receive a TAG award from the Commonwealth of Virginia of approximately $3,200 per year.

“Visiting campus is the best way to determine if the college is the right fit for students,” said Stephanie C. Shafer, director of undergraduate admissions at EMU. “So much can be learned about a college through interacting with the people who make up the campus community. It is important that students feel comfortable at the college they decide to attend, and what better way to know that than to visit,” she added.

For more information on Virginia Private College Week, contact the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia at (540) 586-0606, or visit their web site at www.cicv.org.