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Bethel is part of third annual Kansas Private College Week

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For the third year, Bethel College joins 17 other private colleges across the state to mark the first full week of June with a special campus visit event.

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius has declared June 2-6, 2008, Kansas Private College Week, celebrating the wide range of choices among the state’s independent higher education offerings.

Interested students and their guests are invited to spend time at any or all of the colleges and universities, which are participating in Kansas Private College Week by holding special campus visit events during that time.

“This is a great opportunity for high school students to begin to explore their opportunities in Kansas private colleges and universities,” said Douglas Penner, a Bethel College graduate and former Bethel president who is now president of the Kansas Independent College Association, which organizes Kansas Private College Week. “For the student who hopes to combine outstanding academic achievement with a personalized, relationship-intensive college experience, we believe the private colleges are ideal.”

Opportunities to participate in a rich variety of activities and intercollegiate athletics are available to students at all 18 schools, he added.

In addition to Bethel, the participating institutions are: Baker University, Baldwin City; Benedictine College, Atchison; Bethany College, Lindsborg; Central Christian College, McPherson; Donnelly College, Kansas City; Friends University, Wichita; Hesston College; Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina; Manhattan Christian College; McPherson College; MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe; Newman University, Wichita; Ottawa University; Southwestern College, Winfield; Sterling College; Tabor College, Hillsboro; and University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth.

More than 23,000 students from across Kansas and the nation enroll at the Kansas private colleges and universities each year. These schools annually award 19 percent of the state’s bachelor’s degrees and 29 percent of the state’s master’s degrees. The institutions support their students through generous financial aid, awarding more than $57 million each year in institutional grants and scholarships to supplement those from states and the federal government.

For more information on Kansas private colleges or Kansas Private College Week, contact Mark Millikin at 785-235-9877 or visit www.ksroadtrip.com.

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