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Bethel among those marking “Kansas Private College Week”

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TOPEKA, KAN. – To celebrate the wide range of choices among the state’s higher education offerings, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has declared April 13-19 Kansas Private College Week.

The 18 colleges of the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) have marked this week with the launching of a Web site,, specially designed to introduce students and their families to the colleges and to encourage campus visits during the spring and summer.

The KICA institution in this area are, in Harvey County, Bethel College and Hesston College; in Marion County, Tabor College in Hillsboro; in McPherson County, Central Christian College and McPherson College, both in McPherson; and in Rice County, Sterling College. The other participating colleges are Baker University, Baldwin City; Benedictine College, Atchison; Bethany College, Lindsborg; Donnelly College, Kansas City; Friends University, Wichita; Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina; Manhattan Christian College; MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe; Newman University, Wichita; Ottawa University; Southwestern College, Winfield; and University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth.

“This is a great opportunity for high school students to begin to explore their opportunities in Kansas private colleges and universities,” said Doug Penner, KICA president. “For the student who hopes to combine outstanding academic achievement with a personalized, relationship-intensive college experience, we believe the private colleges are ideal.”

Penner added that opportunities to participate in varied activities, including intercollegiate athletics, are available to students at all of the schools.

About 23,000 students from across the nation enroll at the Kansas private colleges each year. These schools annually award 20 percent of the state’s bachelor’s degrees and 30 percent of the state’s master’s degrees.

The institutions support their students through generous financial aid, awarding more than $70 million each year in institutional grants and scholarships to supplement grants and scholarships from the federal and state governments.

For more information on Kansas private colleges or on Kansas Private College Week, contact Mark Millikan at 785-235-9877 or visit

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