Private colleges host tours July 30-Aug. 4

| July 23, 2012

Sweet Briar College will welcome rising high school juniors and seniors and their families for tours and information sessions as part of Virginia Private College Week from Monday, July 30 through Saturday, Aug. 4.

Virginia Private College Week is an annual open house program hosted by member institutions of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia. The coordinated event is a cost- and time-efficient way for prospective students to visit several of the state’s distinctive private institutions in one planned trip.

Virginia’s independent colleges offer all the educational benefits of public colleges and universities plus the advantages of small, student-centered liberal arts and science programs. For each individual, finding the right fit is key to a successful college experience

“Each school possesses a distinct personality that can be better understood by visiting and interacting with the individuals on campus,” says Sweet Briar director of admissions Gretchen Tucker. “We know our private colleges offer students exceptional academic and extracurricular benefits. We encourage students and families to visit and learn why — and we look forward to welcoming you to Sweet Briar!”

The tours also offer the opportunity to discover how surprisingly affordable a private college education can be. In combination with Virginia’s Tuition Assistance Grant for in-state students, institutional, merit- and need-based grants reduce the tuition gap between public and private colleges to an average of less than $5,000. That’s without taking into account four-year graduation rates — students who attend private colleges are much more likely to graduate and enter the work force within four years than those at public universities.

Virginia Private College Week also saves money in the application process. Those who visit at least three campuses will receive three application fee waivers that may be used to apply to any CICV member college for free.

Sweet Briar’s sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily through Friday. Only the morning session will be offered Saturday. Optional tours of the riding center also will be available at 11:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Each session will begin with a tour of campus and include an overview of the distinctive aspects of a Sweet Briar education, as well as information on admissions and financial aid.

Reservations are strongly recommended but are not required to visit Sweet Briar. For questions or if you are unable to visit during Virginia Private College Week, please email [email protected] or call (800) 381-6142 and the staff will be happy to schedule a visit at another time.

For more information on Virginia Private College Week, please visit or contact the participating institutions. The CICV may be reached at (540) 586-0606.


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