This annual event is coming up June 20-24. It's a great chance for students — whether they're going to be sophomores, juniors or seniors — to get started with a college search. Students and parents often come together to these free introductory sessions, offered twice daily at all 17 of our campuses. Running about two hours, these sessions are also shorter than the typical open houses that our colleges organize individually and give students just enough information to get started and decide which schools to revisit.
A key factor in the decision of what college to attend is the financial aid award letter. Financial aid directors explain how to decipher these letters and provide tips and advice.
For parents with college-bound seniors, spring means more than just planning graduation parties — it's also the season for making major decisions about college. After finding out which schools have accepted them, students have a limited amount of time to choose where they will attend college. A key factor in that decision is deciphering financial aid award letters.
Nearly 4,000 high school students visited our 17 campuses this past June
during Minnesota Private College Week (MPCW). They attended short
introductory sessions that included campus tours and admissions
briefings. Students also discovered that MPCW is a great way to zero in
on what they’re looking for in a college. Encourage your students —
especially sophomores and juniors — to plan to attend the 2011 event,
scheduled for June 20-24. Read more about MPCW.
Now is the time to be hard
at work completing applications for admission. The earlier you complete
applications, the earlier you will have admission decisions and be able
to make a firm college choice. In addition, many competitive
scholarships have deadlines in January so getting applications completed
before then will keep you on track for next steps. Ask a couple of
people — teachers, parents or friends — to look over your applications,
Campus traditions help build community and foster a feeling of being part of something unique. Other ingredients include intentional academic and co-curricular programming and the design of physical spaces.
At Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, someone will paint the rock near Old Main to announce an event, offer congratulations or promote a campus organization. Sometimes it gets painted more than once a day. "It acts as sort of a bulletin board," said Gustavus Dean of Students Hank Toutain. "Everybody feels they own it and it serves to bring people together on campus."
Our colleges consider it their responsibility to guide students in developing, examining and articulating their values — so that they can apply them when making career and life choices. Read examples of how this happens at three of our institutions.
When he was a senior at Gustavus Adolphus College, Matt Swenson led a January-term trip to Ocean Springs, Mississippi to help with disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina. "We were there five months after it happened and it was still like a third world country," he said. "I saw how broken our policymaking was and I realized my call to action was to become more directly involved."
Research shows that low student-teacher ratios and small class sizes in elementary classrooms have a positive impact on student learning. There is some evidence that small classes also benefit students at the college level.
Ashley Abbate had her pick of colleges, but one of the reasons she chose Augsburg College was for the college's small classes. "There were about 25 students in my high school classes and I wanted something even smaller," she said. Her desire to know her teachers and have ample opportunities to speak in class discussions made Augsburg — with an average undergraduate class size of 15 students — a good choice for her.