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Va. Governor declares private college week

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July 29 - Aug. 3 is Private College week in Virginia.   Gov. Bob McDonnell made the proclamation, Monday.

This comes as part of the statewide celebration of private higher education.   Bluefield College will host a series of open house assemblies featuring campus tours and information sessions.

Rising high school juniors and seniors and their families are invited to participate in Virginia College Week by attending one of the open house sessions on the Bluefield College Campus.   This starts 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 29 through Aug. 2 or at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.

In his proclamation, Governor McDonnell noted that more than 130,000 students attend a private college in Virginia and benefit from "an array of academic programs," "outstanding faculty," "small classes," and "excellent preparation for a career or graduate school." The governor also pointed out the importance of a campus visit during the college search process.

In a press release, McDonnel is quoted as saying,   "Virginia's private colleges and universities strengthen the Commonwealth's higher education system and are as old as our nation itself.  Visiting campuses is an important step in the college search process, and the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia invites high school students and their families to explore the educational opportunities available at private colleges during Private College Week."

During its sessions, Bluefield College, a private Christian liberal arts college located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, will host campus tours, financial aid workshops, and information sessions on the admissions process. BC also will provide a look into its academic programs and student life.

"I encourage parents to explore which college will be the best fit for their son or daughter," said Dr. Robert Lambeth, president of the CICV, "and I want to reassure them that a quality education at a Virginia private college is affordable and within reach."         

 Affordability and quality will be the focus of Private College Week. In fact, Bluefield College officials will address a variety of common myths about private higher education during their sessions, including the myths that private colleges are too expensive, less accessible for the middle class, and less generous with financial aid.

"The difference between public and private college tuition is far less than many families assume, thanks to significant merit and need-based grants and the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant," said Lambeth. "Affordable, personal and quality -- these are the words I hope families will associate with a private college education. Our students are successful, because their education is customized to meet their goals both in and out of the classroom."

Prospective students who visit Bluefield College and at least two other CICV colleges during Virginia Private College Week will receive application fee waivers from each of the three institutions, exempting them from the usual application fees charged by the colleges.

Students planning to visit the BC campus are encouraged to register prior to the event by contacting the BC Admissions Office by phone at 800-872-0176 (x4340) or by email For more information, visit