Oregon private colleges unite for week of activities

Linfield bikeLinfield College will welcome prospective students and their families to campus for a special series of events during Oregon Private College Week Aug. 3-7.

Gov. Kate Brown declared that week Oregon Private College Week and as part of a statewide celebration of private higher education, Linfield will host a series of campus tours and information sessions.

Linfield is joining 10 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the state to participate in the week-long celebration. 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 of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities.

On Monday, Linfield will also welcome a group of students from Oregon GEAR UP, which has partnered with the Alliance to host a College Application Camp to coincide with Oregon Private College Week. GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally-funded program aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to go to college. The week-long camp will introduce the students to the variety of private colleges in Oregon, while also helping them to complete most of the Common Application through a series of mini-workshops hosted by each of the colleges visited throughout the week.

Linfield offers 48 majors through its residential liberal arts and sciences program in McMinnville, nursing at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland and a variety of degrees and certificates through the Online and Continuing Education program. The college is recognized nationally for its strong teaching, outstanding academic programs and distinctive international emphasis. More than 40 percent of graduates study abroad.

The Oregon Alliance represents 18 of Oregon’s regionally accredited, private higher education institutions. Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 35,000 students and award approximately 30 percent of all degrees awarded in Oregon.

The schools offer degrees in more than 240 fields of study, including engineering, computer science and math, among others. The majority of students enrolled in those institutions graduate within four years and begin to make an immediate contribution to Oregon’s economy.

During Oregon Private College Week, prospective students and their families are invited to 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 $18,000.

Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For more information or to register, visit www.oregonprivatecolleges.com.

The Matched College Savings Program (MCSP) and SALT are sponsors of Oregon Private College Week.

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 www.oaicu.org.