About MPCC

The Minnesota Private College Council and its affiliate, the Minnesota Private College Fund, represent private nonprofit higher education in Minnesota. Seventeen institutions are members; they share a liberal arts focus. We refer to our members as Minnesota's Private Colleges.

As of July 1, 2012 our structure changed to better meet our members’ needs. Most noticeable is that there is no longer a separate Minnesota Private College Research Foundation, with research functions moving to the Council.

Minnesota Private College Council

Minnesota Private College Council’s mission is to serve members' shared needs and advocate for public policy that:

  • Meets the educational needs of students,
  • Enhances private higher education, and
  • Strengthens Minnesota's economic and civic fabric.

The State Grant program is a primary focus of our advocacy efforts.

We also serve our members and the state in other ways, including through research, publications and outreach. Also known as MPCC or the Council, the 501(c)(4) organization has a history that goes back to 1948.

Minnesota Private College Fund

A separate organization, the Minnesota Private College Fund serves member colleges primarily by raising funds for student scholarships and the colleges’ operations. The Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.

Our staff

We have 13 staff members with various leadership, administrative, communications, research and fund/finance-related roles. As a relatively small office, there is regular collaboration and communication between these areas.

Maps & Directions

Our office is located in downtown St. Paul in Bremer Tower. Includes maps, directions and parking information.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of 17 college presidents as well as business and community members; here is the full listing.

MPCC employment

Find out about employment openings at the Minnesota Private College Council


Details on MPCC's history; started in 1948. Important changes and additions to the organization have occurred through the years.

Edgar M. Carlson Award

Given for distinguished service to Minnesota higher education, the Edgar M. Carlson Award is named after the founder and first executive director of the Minnesota Private College Council.