What makes Virginia higher education institutions stand out from others across the nation? Prospective college students will find out during Virginia Private College Week 2013, slated for Monday, July 29, through Saturday, Aug. 3.

Shenandoah University will once again welcome hundreds of potential students and their families during the week, giving campus tours twice each weekday and a tour on Saturday.

Students who visit at least three of the 24 participating member schools of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) will receive three application fee waivers. Students may use the waivers to apply to any three participating CICV colleges for free.

The member schools will host daily programs for rising high school seniors (Class of 2014) and juniors (Class of 2015), and these students will learn about the quality and affordability of private colleges. Private colleges distinguish themselves from many state universities by offering small classes and personal attention from faculty. Most have generous financial aid and scholarship programs.

Virginia Private College Week tours at Shenandoah University begin each day at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Brandt Student Center. On Saturday, Aug. 3, only one tour will be given, beginning at 9 a.m. Each tour of main campus includes a presentation by the Office of Admissions.

For more information about Shenandoah University’s participation in Virginia Private College Week, contact the Office of Admissions at 800/432-2266 or

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