Mary Baldwin University is one of 24 institutions opening its doors July 27–August 1 for Virginia Private Colleges Week, providing a special opportunity for prospective students to tour campus, attend information sessions, and learn about the high quality and affordability of a private education.
Campus visits are a critical part of the college search process. It’s all about finding the place where students will feel comfortable and can begin to forge their futures, according to admissions officials.
“They are looking for the right fit,” said Lois Hicks Williams, vice president for enrollment management at Mary Baldwin. “Parents want to know that they are making a solid investment and students want to be able to picture themselves in college. A good campus visit will answer important financial questions, provide that experience, and hopefully make the decision easier.”
Tours will be held Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Mary Baldwin admissions officials will be on hand to talk with prospective students and dispel common myths about private education, including the notion that private colleges cost significantly more than public colleges.
In fact, the difference is far less than many families assume, thanks to significant institutional, merit and need-based grants, and the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant. According to a recent study by the Human Capital Research Corporation, the average price gap between a Virginia private and public college is only $4,700.
In addition to its historic hilltop campus and classical architecture, Mary Baldwin is home to programs and opportunities that students won’t find elsewhere, including the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, the only all-female cadet corps in the country; partnerships with the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and the American Shakespeare Center; the chance to engage in undergraduate research projects; and new graduate programs in health sciences.
Students who visit at least three participating colleges during the week will receive three application fee waivers. The annual event is hosted by Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV). Register online.