USM Celebrates Kansas Private College Week

9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary is among the state’s institutions of higher education that are celebrating Kansas Private College Week this week.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared Sept. 16-22 as Kansas Private College Week, encouraging “all citizens to join in this observance by recognizing the important contributions of private colleges in the state.”

The University of Saint Mary is one of 18 institutions that make up the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA). Other members include Baker University; Benedictine College; Bethany College; Bethel College; Central Christian College; Donnelly College; Friends University; Hesston College; Kansas Wesleyan University; Manhattan Christian College; McPherson College; MidAmerica Nazarene University; Newman University; Ottawa University; Southwestern College; Sterling College; and Tabor College.

According to the KICA, about 24,000 students from across the nation enroll each year for undergraduate or graduate study at one of Kansas’ private colleges, which award 22 percent of bachelor’s degrees and 25 percent of master’s degrees in the state. Collectively, the KICA colleges enroll approximately 12 percent of the state’s total post-secondary, higher education enrollment and 20 percent of students enrolled in four-year colleges and universities.

The private colleges also support their students through generous financial aid, awarding more than $110 million last year in institutional grants and scholarships above and beyond grants and scholarships from the federal and state governments.

Kansas private colleges have more than 275,000 living alumni, half of whom live and work in Kansas—among them are some of the state’s most important civic, business and cultural leaders, like Saint Mary graduate Carol Marinovich, former mayor and CEO of Kansas City, Kan., and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.

Visit www.kscolleges.org for more information on Kansas private colleges or on Kansas Private College Week.