CU to take part in Kentucky Private Education Week July 14-18

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University will be participating in the fifth-annual Kentucky Private College Week July 14-18 when students and their families can tour CU as part of a special week devoted to Kentucky’s private colleges and universities.

Campbellsville University is one of 20 Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) colleges and universities who will offer campus tours and information sessions at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (local time) each day throughout the week.

“Private College Week is a joint effort by all the Kentucky Private Colleges and Universities to offer a great opportunity for students and their families to our campuses,” said Dennis Paiva, freshman admissions coordinator for the CU Office of Admissions.

Paiva said CU will offer information for the students and families to review at their leisure. There will also be Campbellsville University items, such as a T-shirt, that will be given to them.

Paiva said several families have taken advantage of Private College Week in the past as they can visit Campbellsville University and other private colleges.

“We look forward to another successful PCW this summer and hope to see many students and their families coming by to visit with the Campbellsville University Admissions’ staff,” he said.

Interested families and students can find more information and sign up

for all visits in one central location at He said the Office of Admissions staff can also answer questions by calling (270) 789-5220.

“Private College Week is the perfect opportunity for anyone thinking about going to college – from high school students to adults considering a return to the classroom – to get a feel for Kentucky’s private colleges and to learn how affordable an independent higher education can be,” according to Mason Dyer, director of communications and research with AIKCU.

Campuses participating in Private College Week in Kentucky, in addition to Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Ky., include:

Alice Lloyd College, Asbury College, Bellarmine University, Berea College, Brescia University, Campbellsville University, Centre College, Georgetown College, Kentucky Christian University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College, Mid-Continent University, Midway College, Pikeville College, St. Catharine College, Spalding University, Thomas More College, Transylvania University, Union College and University of the Cumberlands.

“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 Dyer.

“Many people are surprised to find out how attainable and affordable an independent college education can be.”

The 20 participating campuses serve students from all income levels, Dyer said. Almost four out of 10 students who attend Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities qualify for a Pell Grant, indicating high financial need. Together, the 20 campuses provide more than $150 million annually in student financial aid and scholarships, Dyer said.

Visitors receive an application fee waiver for every campus they visit during Private College Week. Prizes to be given away during the week include T-shirts, gas cards and other items.

“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 to register, see videos featuring current students, learn more about participating campuses, get directions, and see the latest news about Kentucky’s private colleges. Or call the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities at (502) 695-5007 for more information.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 29 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and eighth in the South for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” CU has been ranked 15 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.

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