Many families rule out the possibility of a private education at the beginning of the college application process, believing that private schools are too expensive and that financial aid is granted only to low-income or extraordinarily bright students.
Dispelling these myths and many others just like them is one of the goals of the annual Virginia Private College Week, during which private institutions of higher learning open their doors to prospective students. Mary Baldwin University is one of more than two dozen institutions that will participate in this year’s effort, scheduled for the week of July 25–30.
“A campus visit is an important step in the college selection process and this week presents a great opportunity to explore the affordable options at private colleges,” said Andrew Modlin, associate vice president for enrollment management at Mary Baldwin. “It’s never too early for a prospective student to find the right fit, make connections, and visualize herself on campus.”
Colleges will offer campus tours and information sessions about admissions, academic programs, and financial aid. For example, did you know that Virginia 529 plans can be applied to tuition at any Virginia private college? They can. In fact, all four savings programs offered by the state can be used at private institutions.
Another incentive for prospective students to take part in Virginia Private College Week: Those who visit at least three institutions will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use these waivers to apply to any three colleges within the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) network for free.
Sessions at most colleges — including Mary Baldwin — will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 30. For exceptions to this schedule and a full list of participating institutions, visit www.vaprivatecolleges.org. Registration is not required, but calling ahead is recommended. For more information about visiting Mary Baldwin, contact the Office of Admissions at (540) 887-7019 or visit the college’s website.
The event is hosted by the CICV and is sponsored by the Virginia College Savings Plan.