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April 3, 2009

Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BU Junior Visit Day set for April 18

Baldwin City, Kan. — High school juniors interested in Baker University are welcome to attend BU Junior Day Saturday, April 18, on the Baldwin City campus as part of Kansas Private College Week April 13-19.

During the day, students will have an opportunity to sit in on classes, meet professors and activity sponsors, and tour campus.

“Visiting a college campus really provides students and parents with an opportunity to begin connecting with the institution they are visiting,” said Louise Cummings-Simmons, vice president for enrollment and financial aid. “It is the perfect opportunity for families to begin understanding the application process, learning more about scholarship opportunities, and most importantly understand the academic programs and meet faculty members and current students.”

Baker recently combined resources with 17 other Kansas private colleges in the Kansas Independent College Association to launch a new Web site, The site is designed to assist students and their parents in choosing the right college by acquainting them with the Kansas private colleges and by assisting them in finding programs and campus settings that match their interests and preferences.

Though the Web has become a primary tool aiding in narrowing down choices and ultimately selecting a college, finding specific information hasn’t always been easy. The goal of Proud2bPrivate is to centralize and simplify that process. addresses topics ranging from college prep information to the benefits of private colleges to help in finding financial aid and applying for scholarships. It also boasts a useful tool that allows students and parents to focus their search based on available majors, sports and activities as well as a tool that helps in planning school visits to coincide with campus events.

The Kansas Independent College Association provides a range of support services for its 18 member independent, nonprofit, accredited colleges and universities. Together with its members, the KICA strives to assure opportunity, access and choice in higher education for all students.