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Governor Kate Brown Declares July 29-August 2 Oregon Private College Week

As Part of the Statewide Celebration of Private Higher Education, Northwest Christian University Will Host a Series of Campus Tours and Information Sessions

Students touring on campus
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared July 29-August 2, 2019 Oregon Private College Week, proclaiming that “Oregon’s private, nonprofit, independent college and universities are vital to Oregon’s goal for a more educated and skilled workforce, enriching local communities, and contributing to our state’s education attainment goals.” Oregon Private College Week is presented by the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (“The Alliance”) in cooperation with its member institutions, including Northwest Christian University (NCU) in Eugene.

NCU is joining 10 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities to celebrate Oregon Private College Week by welcoming hundreds of prospective students and their families to campus. Students who register in advance and visit at least four institutions during the week will receive admission application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any Alliance member college or university.

Together, The Alliance’s member colleges and universities offer degrees in more than 260 fields of study, including engineering, business, law, and computer science. Alliance institutions confer 66% of all education degrees in Oregon, 53% of all health profession degrees, 24% of all business and marketing degrees, and 20% of all public administration and social services degrees.

The majority of undergraduate students (62%) enrolled in Alliance member institutions finish their bachelor’s degrees in four years – the highest rate of completion in the state – and 28% graduate with zero debt.

During Oregon Private College Week, prospective students and their families are invited to visit, explore, ask questions, learn about academic programs and financial aid, talk to admissions staff, and tour the campuses. College officials will also counter with facts many commonly held myths about private higher education:

  • Private college students are economically, socially, and racially diverse. Nearly one in three undergraduates at Alliance member institutions are eligible for Federal Pell grants. Twenty-one percent of undergraduates are the first in their family to attend college and 32% of undergraduates identify as a student of color. Forty-three percent of all students hail from Oregon.
  • Private colleges are focused on student success. One of the best indicators of success is class size, and the student-to-faculty ratio averages 11:1 at Alliance institutions. Faculty utilize high-impact teaching strategies that include service learning, research with faculty, internships/field experiences, and study abroad options.
  • Private college is affordable. Eighty-five percent of undergraduates at Oregon private, nonprofit colleges and universities receive institutional aid. For those undergraduates at Alliance institutions who have need, 99.8% receive financial aid.

Between now and Oregon Private College Week July 29 through Aug. 2., information sessions and campus tours at NCU can be arranged by calling 541-684-7201 or sending and email, admissions@nwcu.edu.  During Oregon Private College week, tours and information sessions begin at 9 am and 2 pm every day on the NCU campus..

Find more information about Oregon Private College Week, view a list of participating colleges, or register.

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