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Governor Kate Brown Declares July 25-29 as Oregon Private College Week

OPCW_web_logo1-300x93PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown has declared July 25-29, 2016 to be Oregon Private College Week. The proclamation cites the indispensable contributions of the state’s private, nonprofit sector of higher education to Oregon’s communities and to the state’s 40-40-20 education attainment goal.

Twelve private, nonprofit colleges and universities across the state are opening their doors to prospective students and their families during Oregon Private College Week. Students who register in advance and visit at least four institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any Alliance member college or university.

Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll 19% of Oregon’s undergraduate students, award 23% of Oregon’s undergraduate degrees and confer 25% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students in the state, including high-need fields such as STEM (20%), health professions (35%), business (24%), economics and political science (22%), mathematics and statistics (34%), and public administration and social service (22%).

Together, the private nonprofit sector offers degrees in more than 240 fields of study, such as engineering and computer science.

The majority of students (60%) enrolled in Alliance member institutions graduates within four years, saving students time and money. Also cited in Governor Brown’s proclamation is the economic contribution that Oregon’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities make to the state’s economy.

During Oregon Private College Week, prospective students and their families are invited to come ask questions, learn about academic programs and financial aid, meet experts in admission, and tour the campus. College officials will also address common myths about private higher education:

– Thirty-two 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 $19,000.

According to research conducted by Eduventures, 71 percent of prospective students identify the campus visit as the most trusted source of information about a college. There’s certainly no better way for students to experience the “feel” of a campus and to discover their “best fit” for college.

Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information about Oregon Private College Week, to view a list of participating colleges, or to register, please visit

About The Alliance
The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon’s regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 37,000 students and deliver approximately 30% of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. The Alliance intersects the needs of business and industry, private nonprofit colleges and universities, and the public good to create real solutions that build a more educated and skilled workforce for Oregon. For more information, visit