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Iowa Private College Week draws hundreds of high school students

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August 5th-9th marks Iowa Private College Week - a time in which both Iowa and out-of-state high school students can visit campuses as they search for the perfect college match.

26 private Iowa universities are participating this year, including Wartburg College in Waverly. Assistant Vice President of Admissions Todd Coleman said the college expects 400 to 500 students to visit the campus this week. Students from all over Iowa will come, but Wartburg also sees some from Illinois, Minnesota and even as far as Colorado.

"We're going to roll out the orange carpet. Make sure they get to see our campus, tour our facilities, get a chance to interact with some of our faculty, interact and hear from our students," Coleman said.

During the visits, students will also get the opportunity to learn more about the application process, scholarships and financial aid. Coleman said this is an important step in Wartburg's recruitment, as he said he never wants the cost of education to shy any student away.

"If this was a restaurant, this is an appetizer. This is their chance to get a taste of Wartburg and we hope they'll come back and visit again later in the year," Coleman said.

Of the students that tour during Private College Week, Wartburg said about 40 percent of them will end up enrolling in the college.

Touring sessions will run Monday through Friday. Students can still register for open sessions at any of the 26 colleges at

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