GEORGETOWN, KY â€“ Georgetown College â€“ year in and year out â€“ has the biggest attendance during Kentucky Private College Week, says Katie Hoelscher, GCâ€™s Assistant Director of Admissions/Event Coordinator. We expect to again this coming week â€“ and thatâ€™s with only participating the first four days. You see, the last of our popular Early Registration Workshops is Friday, July 22 â€“ and thatâ€™s when we turn our full attention to the great incoming freshman who have already chosen Georgetown College.
If you know a high school student whoâ€™d like to visit Georgetown College during Private College Week (remember, just July 18-21 for us), see what our friends at AIKCU (Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities) say about the experience here:
FRANKFORT, Ky. â€“ For the eighth straight year, Kentuckyâ€™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 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (local time) each day. Students can register for up to 10 campus visits with a single registration atÂ http://kentuckyprivatecolleges.org.
â€śThe college search can be a stressful process, so weâ€™re trying to make it as easy as possible for students and their families to check out our campuses,â€ť said Mason Dyer of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), which organizes the event. â€śWe 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.â€ť
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.
The financial aid information presented during Kentucky Private College Week can be particularly helpful for families wondering how they are going to pay for college.
â€śThereâ€™s a misconception that rich kids go to private colleges,â€ť said AIKCUâ€™s Dyer. â€śIn reality, our schools serve all kinds of students and go to extraordinary lengths to make a small college education affordable. When you factor in available federal, state, and institutional financial aid and the quality of the education we provide, Kentuckyâ€™s independent colleges offer a tremendous value.â€ť
About 45 percent of students at Kentuckyâ€™s independent colleges and universities receive Pell Grants (the federal grant program for low income students). Qualifying Kentucky resident students attending independent colleges are eligible to participate in state 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.
Kentucky Private College Week is an initiative of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (www.aikcu.org). Participating campuses 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.