Parent & counselor information
As a parent or counselor, you play an important role in helping students sort through the many options for college. You're looking for the right mix of opportunities for the student. Here are four ways to use our website.
Find out about the strengths of an education at our colleges
- Academic excellence — Small classes and plenty of opportunities to work closely with faculty create a high quality experience that contributes to student success.
- Community, ethics and service — Our colleges nurture a strong sense of community and service to others. Students learn plenty outside the classroom, including about their own values.
- Career value — Knowledge, skills and real-world experiences gained at our colleges are exactly what employers seek. A liberal arts education is more relevant than ever in our global economy.
Learn more about our 17 college options
- Our colleges — Easy-to-scan profiles include an overview and slideshow of each campus as well as admission information, a list of programs and social media. You can also request information from any of our colleges.
- Variety — There's something for everyone with our diverse campus settings, sizes and choices of majors.
- The facts — Get the latest facts on enrollment, degrees, academic excellence, access and diversity.
Use our College Finder to narrow it down
This search tool makes it easy to find the institutions that best fit your students' needs and interests.
- Choose from over 140 majors, organized by category. Minors and concentrations will also be pulled up along with any majors offered.
- Add in sports and fine arts interests.
- Modify your search by adding or removing variables.
Get the facts on cost and value
- Infographic poster (PDF) — This poster illustrates the benefits of attending a four-year private college in Minnesota.
- Affordability — Our colleges may be more affordable than you think. Nine out of every 10 students receive financial aid that they never have to pay back, so students on average end up paying only about half of the full tuition price.
- How much does college cost? (PDF) — This handout illustrates how the actual cost changes when you factor in quality as well as graduation rates and the lost earnings when college takes longer.
There are several other things you can do to help students explore their options:
- Encourage your friends, neighbors, recent college graduates and your co-workers to talk with students about career choices.
- Ask students general questions about where they'd like to go to college — a big or small school, a rural or urban environment?
- Make college guides and related resources available to students as early as ninth grade, and encourage them to use these materials to identify institutions of interest and to request information from those institutions.
- Use LinkedIn's alumni tool to explore the wide range of career options that each major can result in — although you do need an account to use it and the information is based only on those who have accounts on LinkedIn. LinkedIn has created a handy tip sheet.
Other helpful resources
- The Bridge: Parent News — Read the latest issue and sign up for this e-newsletter for parents of middle and high school students.
- College Guide — The guide includes general information about Minnesota's Private Colleges as well as individual college profile pages. Download the PDF or order copies.
- Areas of study — Our undergraduate majors chart (PDF) categorizes majors by subject area and shows which of our colleges offer them. It's handy as a printed reference. (Or use our College Finder to search for a major online.)
- Earning college credit in high school — Many of our colleges grant credit to first-year students who have participated in certain programs in high school. Find out about these programs and who accepts what.
- Admissions brochure — This brochure explores the benefits of attending a Minnesota private college or university. It's a useful introductory piece for students.Download the PDF or order copies.
- Summer enrichment programs — Learn more about summer programs at Minnesota’s private college to help student stay active and academically engaged during the summer. It’s also a great way to introduce students to college.
Want to explore private colleges nationwide? Search using the University and College Accountability Network.