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07-02-2008


University of the Cumberlands opens campus to prospective students during 5th Annual Kentucky Private College Week, July 14-18

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands is once again participating in the Kentucky Private College Week to be held July 14-18. Kentucky Private College Week is a coordinated effort by the state’s 20 nonprofit, independent colleges and universities to provide students and families an easy way to explore a variety of college campuses during the summer.

Erica Harris, Cumberlands’ admissions director, said, “Once a student’s senior year begins, it is often difficult to find the time to visit college campuses. PCW is a very deliberate attempt to get students on our campuses and offers an excellent opportunity for them to begin exploring their educational options.”

A single point of registration at www.kentuckyprivatecolleges.org and common visit times at all 20 campuses - 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (local time) daily - make it easy for prospective students to plan campus visits. In addition to the common visit times, Harris said Cumberlands will make special arrangements for students wishing to learn more about graduate programs.

“Students who visit UC will learn about our academic programs and financial aid. A campus tour led by a UC student will answer questions about residence life and campus activities,” Harris said.

The 20 participating campuses serve students from all income levels. Four out of 10 students who attend Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities qualify for a Pell Grant, the federal student aid program for people with high financial need. Together, the 20 campuses provide more than $150 million annually in student financial aid and scholarships. Students attending AIKCU institutions also qualify for state student financial aid programs.

“We want people to see these campuses firsthand and have an opportunity to talk with staff and current students about the admissions process and financial aid,” said Mason Dyer of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, which sponsors the event. “Many people are surprised to find out how attainable and affordable an independent college education can be.”

Visitors receive an application fee waiver for every campus they visit during Private College Week. In addition to the application fee waiver, students who visit Cumberlands will receive a free t-shirt.

“Kentucky Private College Week is the perfect road-trip opportunity,” Dyer said. “Our campuses are located across Kentucky, from Pikeville to Mayfield, in great cities and towns, and in some of the most beautiful places in the entire country. With gas prices keeping people closer to home this summer, we see this as a great chance to see Kentucky while also preparing for the future.”

To learn more, visit the Kentucky Private College Week blog at www.kentuckyprivatecolleges.org. There you can register, see videos featuring current students, learn more about participating campuses, get directions, and see the latest news about Kentucky’s private colleges. Or you can call the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities at (502) 695-5007 for more information.