July 11, 2007
Iowa Private College Week (IPCW), scheduled to take place Monday through Friday, August 6 through August 10, provides college-bound students and their families the opportunity to visit up to 10 colleges in a single week. Briar Cliff University, Morningside College, and St. Luke’s College in Sioux City are three of 29 Iowa private colleges and universities taking part in the annual event, now in its ninth year.
Organized campus visits will begin on each campus at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day. Registration and campus visits will begin at Briar Cliff University in the Stark Student Center, 3303 Rebecca Street; at Morningside College in the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center, 1601 Morningside Avenue; and at St. Luke’s College in Room #100, 2616 Pierce Street.
Students will receive a passport for collecting campus visit stamps at their first IPCW campus visit. With three or more stamps, any participating private Iowa college or university will waive the application fee. Students are allowed to collect up to two passport stamps per day.
“Iowa Private College Week is a great opportunity for students and parents to establish a set of criteria for their college search. Taking advantage of the week-long event gives a student exposure to a number of excellent college choices here in Iowa,” said Robbie Rohlena, Morningside’s dean of enrollment, pictured at right .
Activities at each campus may include campus tours, faculty fairs, and informational sessions where students can meet current students and faculty members, learn about academic programs, and speak with financial aid advisors.
Students can register for Iowa Private College week online at www.briarcliff.edu, www.morningside.edu, www.stlukescollege.edu, or at the IAICU website, www.ThinkIndependently.com. Registrations can also be made by calling the Briar Cliff University Admissions department at 1-800-662-3303, ext 5200; the Morningside College Admissions department at 1-800-831-0806, ext. 5111; or the St. Luke’s College Admissions department at 1-800-352-4660, ext. 3149.
“Students visiting the campus at St. Luke’s are provided an opportunity to tour not just the classrooms and practice labs, but also St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, where students receive real life experiences as a part of their health care education. The quality academic programs at St. Luke’s combine classroom learning with clinical practice,” said Sherry McCarthy, admissions coordinator at St. Luke’s College.
“Campus visits are one of the biggest influences when it comes to students selecting a potential college,” noted Brian Eben, associate director of admissions at Briar Cliff University. “Iowa Private College Week not only allows students an opportunity to visit our campus, it provides them a chance to see for themselves the learning environment we have established at Briar Cliff University.”
Iowa Private College Week is sponsored by the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (IAICU). The event draws hundreds of college-seeking students from Iowa and the surrounding states.
Iowa private colleges and universities educate more than 50,000 people annually and have an average student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Combined, they offer 148 undergraduate degree programs and an expansive selection of extra-curricular activities and work-study/internship opportunities. More than 90 percent of students attending Iowa’s private colleges receive financial aid, and the institutions themselves grant more than $249 million in non-repayable financial student aid, including the Iowa Tuition Grant.
Aside from Briar Cliff University, Morningside College, and St. Luke’s College, other participating colleges and universities include: AIB College of Business in Des Moines, Allen College in Waterloo, Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Central College in Pella, Clarke College in Dubuque, Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Dordt College in Sioux Center, Drake University in Des Moines, Graceland University in Lamoni, Grand View College in Des Moines, Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Loras College in Dubuque, Luther College in Decorah, Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Northwestern College in Orange City, St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Simpson College in Indianola, University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Waldorf College in Forest City, Wartburg College in Waverly, and William Penn University in Oskaloosa.