Virginia Private College Week 2015


WHEREAS, Virginia’s private colleges and universities strengthen the Commonwealth’s higher education system and are an essential part of our ability to make a higher education degree attainable for all citizens; and

WHEREAS, private colleges and universities are not only vehicles of tradition, but centers of learning that reflect the ever-evolving diversity and needs of American life; and

WHEREAS, more than 135,000 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; and

WHEREAS, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) was founded in 1971 and represents the interests of twenty-eight private institutions in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, many of the private colleges and universities have agreements with the commonwealth’s community colleges that allow their students to transfer credits seamlessly; and

WHEREAS, Virginia undergraduates attending an eligible private college or university in the state receive an annual Tuition Assistance Grant from the Commonwealth of $3,100 which combines with the more than $600 million of aid awarded by these colleges each year to enable students from all backgrounds and economic situations to attend and complete a degree; and

WHEREAS, 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 “Virginia Private College Week”; and

WHEREAS, students who visit three or more CICV institutions during Virginia Private College Week may apply to any three CICV institutions for free;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize July 27 – August 1, 2015, as VIRGINIA PRIVATE COLLEGE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.