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07-13-2011


Independent colleges invite students to try them on during Kentucky Private College Week

FRANKFORT, Ky. – For the eighth straight year, Kentucky’s 20 private, nonprofit colleges and universities are banding together to help prospective students and their families explore private college options in Kentucky during Kentucky Private College Week, July 18-22.

During Kentucky Private College Week all 20 of the colleges and universities will offer campus tours and information sessions about admissions and financial aid. Students can register for up to 10 campus visits with a single registration at http://kentuckyprivatecolleges.org.

“The college search can be a stressful process, so we’re trying to make it as easy as possible for students and their families to check out our campuses,” said Mason Dyer, Director of Communications for the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), which organizes the event. “We believe in helping students find a school where they fit and can be successful. When people experience our campuses for themselves the question of fit becomes easier to answer.”

The two-hour Kentucky Private College Week sessions provide an introduction to the campus and to the admissions and financial aid process. Once students begin to narrow down their college lists they are encouraged to schedule a more in-depth visit in the fall to those schools still on their list.

“Visiting campus allows students and their families to experience the kind of individual attention that University of the Cumberlands can provide,” said Erica Harris, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UC. “They will see firsthand what we have to offer in terms of academic programs, study abroad opportunities, internships, athletics and, of course, financial aid. Many people are surprised to find out how attainable and affordable a private college education can be.”

The basic financial aid information presented during Kentucky Private College Week can be particularly helpful for families wondering how they are going to pay for college.

“There’s a misconception that rich kids go to private colleges,” said AIKCU’s Dyer. “In reality, our schools serve all kinds of students and go to extraordinary lengths to make college affordable. When you factor in available federal, state, and institutional financial aid and the quality of the education we provide, Kentucky’s independent colleges offer a tremendous value.”

About 45 percent of students at Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities receive Pell Grants (the federal grant program for low income students). Kentucky resident students attending private colleges qualify for Kentucky’s financial aid programs; AIKCU students receive about $56 million in state financial aid each year. The 20 colleges themselves provide more than $190 million in grants and scholarships to their students annually.

“Students may take campus tours led by currently enrolled students, speak to admission counselors, and have an opportunity to talk with staff and current students about the admissions and financial aid process,” said Harris. Of course, visiting campus during the school year gives students a better feel for what they can expect, so we encourage them to return in the fall to sit in on classes and meet with professors, coaches and any other individuals they'd like.”

To learn more visit the Kentucky Private College Week blog at www.kentuckyprivatecolleges.org. To learn more about University of the Cumberlands visit www.ucumberlands.edu.

Kentucky Private College Week is an initiative of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (www.aikcu.org ). Campuses participating in Kentucky Private College Week include: Alice Lloyd College, Asbury University, Bellarmine University, Berea College, Brescia University, Campbellsville University, Centre College, Georgetown College, Kentucky Christian University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College, Mid-Continent University, Midway College, St. Catharine College, Spalding University, Thomas More College, Transylvania University, Union College, University of the Cumberlands, and the University of Pikeville.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.