WAICU: Wisconsin Private Colleges Hold 26th Annual Statewide Tour Week


Madison, Wis. – Wisconsin is celebrating the 26th annual Wisconsin Private Colleges Week, July 11-16, 2022. This year’s event offers students and parents the opportunity to learn more about the 23 private colleges and universities with purpose Wisconsin nonprofit and receive guidance on selecting a college, understanding financial aid, and more.

Wisconsin Private College Week is sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU). WAICU President Dr. Rolf Wegenke explains that the purpose of Wisconsin Private College Week is to highlight the accessibility and affordability of private colleges in Wisconsin. “It makes sense to learn more about colleges and universities when selecting a higher education home for the next four years,” Wegenke explained.

Unique Aspects of Private Colleges in Wisconsin:

  • Affordability: For the 2020-21 year, the average tuition (sticker price less financial aid) was $4,236;
  • Graduating on time: Students who attend private colleges in Wisconsin are 49% more likely to graduate in four years than they would at a public institution; it means students enter the workforce earlier and graduate with less debt;
  • Quality education: personal attention from faculty and staff is also emphasized; the average class size of WAICU member colleges is only 16 students. These colleges embrace and respond to student interests, with over 470 majors; and
  • Diversity: Low-income students make up 30% of the student body at private colleges (compared to 23% at public four-year schools). Enrollment at private colleges is 28% students of color (compared to 19% at public four-year universities in Wisconsin).

Governor Tony Evers issued a proclamation regarding Wisconsin Private College Week in which he said, “Our private, not-for-profit colleges and universities are committed to ensuring affordability for students from all social and economic backgrounds and As members of WAICU…they lead the nation in controlling college fees to expand educational opportunities.

During Wisconsin Private College Week, students and family members are invited to participate in virtual and small-scale in-person events at each institution, including tours, financial aid and admissions sessions, faculty and student panels, programs on specific disciplines, and campus life. information. To learn more or to arrange a campus tour, go to: wisconsinsprivatecolleges.org/visit Students attending Private College Week events will be asked to complete an evaluation form to be eligible to win $100 gift cards $ or a pair of AirPods.

WAICU members include Alverno College, Bellin College, Beloit College, Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University, Carthage College, Concordia University Wisconsin, Edgewood College, Herzing University, Lakeland University, Lawrence University, Marian University, Marquette University, Medical College of Wisconsin , Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary University, Nashotah House, Northland College, Ripon College, St. Norbert College, Viterbo University and Wisconsin Lutheran College.

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