Learn about the collective impact our member institutions have on the state of Minnesota.
Each of the 17 private nonprofit institutions that make up the Minnesota Private College Council is unique. They are different in numerous ways, from their locations to the majors they offer to the students they serve. Yet there is a lot to say about our collective impact.
Discover how our students are working research and hands-on learning into their summers.
As summer starts, students continue their learning on and off campus. Whether it’s research with faculty members or hands-on learning in the community, summer learning is important for students in their academic life as well as when they enter the workforce.
Learn how this partnership fostered and strengthened the research efforts of senior Rachel Nelson.
The collaboration between faculty and students is at the core of liberal arts education at Minnesota private colleges. College of Saint Benedict senior Rachel Nelson wanted to research whether there were physiological changes to Division III cross-country student athletes over a season, but knew she’d have to get started early.
Discover how our colleges keep the focus on the student.
Whether it’s NCAA Division II and Division III, our colleges and universities never lose sight of the “student” in “student athlete” and help students maintain a healthy balance between those two competing pursuits. For those students looking for something outside varsity athletics, club sports offer another way for students to compete against different colleges.
Learn how additional years of college can balloon your college costs.
When comparing college costs, it’s important to also factor in how long it will likely take to earn a degree. Although no one plans on taking more than four years to graduate, the reality is that many student do — paying more years of tuition and losing out on income because they’re starting their careers later.
Discover how Macalester College has changed its library by rethinking both space and function.
Libraries have always been at the heart of Minnesota private colleges, but the library of today looks very different than the stacks of decades past. Macalester College has embraced the changing nature of the college library and hasn’t been afraid to rethink its space and function.
Explore student research at our colleges, and discover how we recognize it each year.
Many people think that student research happens only at large public universities, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Because most of our classes have fewer than 20 students, students at our colleges are able to work closely with faculty on projects covering a breadth subjects — from philosophy to nursing and chemistry to operations management.
Learn how our private colleges compare to the publics in the percent of women who earned a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline.
In 2015-16 academic year, women earned 45 percent of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in STEM disciplines at our institutions. That’s compared to only 35 percent at the University of Minnesota and 30 percent at Minnesota State universities.
Find out why private college students' interaction with profs in and outside the classroom matters.
Walk into the economics department at Macalester College and you’ll find plenty of students stopping by. Senior Ellie Fuqua is one of them; she describes how professors keep their doors open and students are always coming in to talk. “Sometimes I take it for granted and I need to pull back and realize the fact I can go into my professor’s office and talk with her for an hour is not normal, or it wouldn’t be at a big school.”