CICV Launches New Website To Highlight 27 Virginia Private Colleges

New Website Contains Features for Prospective Students, Parents, Families, Counselors & Others to Learn More About the Nonprofit, Private College Experience in Virginia

Friday, January 19, 2024

Richmond, VA – The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV), operating as Virginia Private Colleges, proudly announces the launch of its newly redesigned website, accessible through both or This modern, responsive interface marks a new era in the digital presence of Virginia’s private colleges, offering prospective students, parents, counselors, and other stakeholders streamlined access to information and resources about private colleges in Virginia. The site was developed in partnership with McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC, a full-service public affairs firm offering federal, state, and local government relations, infrastructure and economic development, strategic communications, and grassroots mobilization services, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

The key features of this new website include:

  • College Finder: A dynamic tool that simplifies the search for the perfect college. Students can now filter and select institutions based on their unique preferences, academic interests, and career aspirations.
  • Interactive College Map: A visual guide that offers a geographical overview of CICV member colleges across Virginia. Students can explore different campuses virtually, enhancing their understanding of each college’s surroundings.
  • Updated Information: Comprehensive details about each member institution, including convenient links to admissions, financial aid, sports, and other relevant information.
  • Mobile-Friendly Design: Recognizing the importance of mobile accessibility, is now optimized for all devices, ensuring a seamless experience whether on a desktop, tablet, or smartphone.

“We are thrilled to launch a new website. This effort is a testament to our commitment to advancing private higher education in Virginia, and the website will be a gateway to the affordable educational experiences our member colleges offer,” said Christopher K. Peace, CICV President. “It reflects our member institutions’ dedication to providing prospective students and families with the most relevant and accessible information for informed decisions about their futures.”

“The launch of the new CICV website marks a pivotal moment in our mission to make private higher education more accessible in Virginia,” stated University of Lynchburg President Alison Morrison-Shetlar, Chair of the CICV Board. “This updated platform will serve as a comprehensive resource for exploring private colleges in Virginia and also mark our unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence in serving our students, families, and member institutions.”

The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, Inc. (CICV) was founded in 1971 and currently operates as Virginia Private Colleges, a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization representing 27 accredited nonprofit independent colleges and universities in Virginia. CICV is the collective voice of Virginia private higher education. For more information, please visit Virginia Private Colleges’ new website at or


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Christopher K. Peace, Esq.