DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Twenty four private schools in the commonwealth will host prospective students and their families for tours and information sessions throughout the week as they participate in Virginia Private College Week.
Virginia Private College Week gives private colleges and universities the opportunity to talk with prospective students about the benefits of attending a private institution in the state of Virginia.
Averett University in Danville is one of the participating universities. Admissions staff at Averett said they hope their visitors will see the benefits of private colleges and universities by touring the campus and talking with staff about things like financial aid and academic programs.
"We are here as a consortium of private schools to show them [prospective students] private schools are very affordable,” Matthew Mann, Assistant Director of Admissions, said, “They are a reality for a lot of families and there is a really big benefit to a small school atmosphere."
Prospective students who visit three of the participating private colleges in Virginia this week will receive a fee waiver to use towards their college application.
The list of private colleges and universities in Virginia that are participating include: Averett University, Bluefield College, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, Emory & Henry College, Ferrum College, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, Hollins University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Liberty University, Mary Baldwin University, Marymount University, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Southern Virginia University, Sweet Briar College, University of Lynchburg, University of Richmond, Virginia Union University, Virginia Wesleyan University, and Washington and Lee University.