Minnesota private colleges and universities offer a wide range of in-person or virtual visit options throughout the year for students. Although campuses are beginning to offer in-person visits again, they are limited due to COVID-19. Check out our upcoming events calendar to find out what visit options are being offered including options for online self-guided tours. These may be fully interactive or series of videos or photo galleries.
As an alternative to in-person visits, our colleges have expanded their virtual visits offerings with both group sessions and one-on-one visits with admissions staff. You can use our links to each college's visit page to learn what they're offering.
Eventually, campuses will offer more one-on-one visits as well as be open to scheduling group visits. Typically the bulk of campus visit events (or open houses), are scheduled in the fall.
For those students or families who don't have access to a car, we've created a list of alternative transportation options.
Minnesota Private College Week
Minnesota Private College Week, scheduled for June 21-25, 2021, has been canceled due to the pandemic, but our colleges continue to hold virtual group events as well as some limited in-person group events and individual visits options.
Held the last full week of June each year, Minnesota Private College Week is a great way for students to discover what they're looking for in a college. Our 17 private nonprofit institutions offer short introductory sessions Monday through Friday, and students and families can choose to visit any combination of colleges during the week. Registration opens on April 1 each year.
We've created a number of free resources to share with students or post in your school:
Below is some sample text and a graphic you can use in written materials, newsletters, or on Naviance or your website. If you need a specific digital format or size, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
"Summer is a good time for soon-to-be juniors and seniors, as well as their families, to begin exploring college options. An easy way to get started is Minnesota Private College Week, running June 22-26. These introductory visits, which include a campus tour and informational meeting, are of most value to students who are beginning their searches. Sessions are held daily."
Register to bring a group of students
Counselors can register a group of students by filling out our online form. We encourage you to register your group early since specific visit sessions may be closed as they fill.
Please be sure to read our group visit guidelines, which covers chaperone expectations and grades level restrictions and provides other helpful advice to make your visit go as smoothly as possible for both you and your students.
Or register to come without students
Counselors and others who help students with college decisions are always welcome to come during Minnesota Private College Week. Not only is it an excellent way for you to learn more about our colleges, but it also helps you learn what students can expect when they sign up for visits during our event. To attend without students, please fill out our online registration form.
Future Minnesota Private College Week dates
- June 20-24, 2022
- June 26-30, 2023
- June 24-28, 2024
- June 23-27, 2025
- June 22-26, 2026
Counselors and access programs: Find out about pre-existing events and how ones can be set up.