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 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.