Prospective students and their families are invited to visit Pacific University during Oregon Private College Week, Monday, July 28 through Friday, Aug. 1, to tour the campus and learn about the outstanding academic programs and affordability of private higher education.
Pacific and 10 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities are participating in Oregon Private College Week. Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a proclamation declaring July 28 - Aug. 1 to be OPCW in recognition of the indispensable contributions Oregon's private, nonprofit sector of higher education has made to both the state's communities and its 40-40-20 education attainment goal.
Students who visit at least four institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any member college or university of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Alliance member schools enroll 18 percent of the state's undergraduates and annually award 22 percent of all baccalaureate degrees in Oregon, including those in high-demand career fields such as the STEM disciplines, health professions, business, public administration and social service. The majority of students enrolled in Alliance member institutions graduates within four years and begins to make an immediate contribution to Oregon's economy.
While meeting with admissions officials at Pacific, prospective students and their families will also receive an accurate representation of private higher education, one that challenges the common notion that it isn't affordable:
- Thirty-one percent of Alliance undergraduates qualify for federal Pell Grants based on income.
- The Alliance member institutions are cost effective. The average indebtedness of Alliance graduates is lower than the national average for private colleges and universities and similar to that of public institution graduates.
- Ninety-two percent of first time, first year students receive financial aid, with an average grant and scholarship award of over $17,000.
Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about Oregon Private College Week, including a list of participating colleges and to register, please visitoregonprivatecolleges.com.
The Oregon College Savings Plan, the Matched College Savings Program (MCSP) and SALT are sponsors of Oregon Private College Week.
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Founded in 1849, Pacific University (Ore.) is a diverse and sustainable community dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice. The university consists of colleges of Arts & Sciences, Optometry, Education, Health Professions and Business, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn.
The Alliance represents Oregon's regionally accredited, not-for-profit private higher education institutions. Together, the private not-for-profit sector enrolls more than 35,000 students and delivers approximately 30 percent of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. Through the Alliance, institutions collaborate to strengthen Oregon's intellectual, creative, and economic resources through public advocacy, institutional cooperation, and strategic collaboration with the public sector, including business, philanthropy, and government. For more information, visit oaicu.org.