Ferrum College to Participate in Virginia Private College Week

Sessions for prospective students and families will emphasize quality, affordability of private higher education.

FERRUM, VA. (July 11, 2014) – Ferrum College is one of 24 colleges that will participate in Virginia Private College Week from July 28 – August 2, hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV). Participating colleges will emphasize the quality and affordability of private higher education during special sessions for prospective students and families, as well as offer campus tours and information sessions about admissions, financial aid and academic programs.

Students who visit at least three institutions during the week will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use these waivers to apply to any three participating CICV colleges for free.

"Visiting campuses in person is one of the most important steps in the college search process," explains Robert Lambeth, President of CICV. "I encourage parents to explore which college will be the best fit for their son or daughter, and I want to reassure them that a quality education at a Virginia private college is affordable and within reach."

Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten says the College is eager to welcome prospective students and their families to the picturesque campus in Franklin County. "Ferrum always rolls out the welcome mat for visitors and we are particularly pleased to participate in this annual CICV hosted event," said Braaten. "Deciding on which college to attend is an exciting prospect. Virginia Private College Week is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our college and allow potential students to get answers to important questions as they experience firsthand all our campus has to offer."

"Virginia Private College Week provides a great opportunity for students to explore the unique and excellent educational opportunities at several Virginia private colleges. We look forward to welcoming prospective students and their families to Ferrum College," said Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions Gilda Woods.

Sessions at most colleges, including Ferrum College, will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Ferrum College will hold a session at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 2. While registration is not required, it is strongly recommended that participants contact the colleges they plan to visit. The Ferrum College admissions department may be reached by emailing admissions@ferrum.edu or by calling 800-868-9797.

For more information about CICV and Private College Week, including a list of participating colleges and exceptions to this schedule, please visit http://www.cicv.org/our-colleges/virginia-private-college-week.aspx.

The Virginia Private Colleges website provides information concerning the quality and affordability of Virginia private colleges to students and parents by increasing awareness of its member institutions and addressing myths concerning private higher education and its costs. The website is a user-friendly, informative tool to help identify which Virginia private college is right for any qualified student.

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About the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia: The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) was founded in 1971 and currently operates as Virginia Private Colleges, a nonprofit, 501(c)(6) organization representing 29 accredited nonprofit independent colleges and universities in Virginia. The organization works collaboratively in the areas of public policy, cost containment and professional development as well as providing support to our member institutions and their students.