April 2019 Counselor News
We all know the importance of exposing students to what college is all about and bringing students on visits to college campuses is a popular way to do that. But just what are the approaches that different colleges have to hosting these college visits? And what alternatives might be options when bringing students to campus may not be practical?
These are the kinds of questions that were on the minds of leaders with the AVID program in Minnesota and that they raised with the Minnesota Private College Council. Working with the admission offices at our member institutions, the Council has developed a new guidance document, released this spring, to help schools and access programs understand their options for campus visits – and some alternative ways to help students learn about colleges.
If you find this helpful, please pass the link on to colleagues. And given this is a new resource, if you have any feedback about it, it would be great if you could send that our way.
Students and parents can now register for our annual free visit event. These introductory campus tours and informational meetings often serve as a first step to help students discover just what their looking for in a college — especially if they’re early in the college search.
Sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 24 through June 28 and are two hours and 30 minutes in length — except for the joint sessions held by the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, which run three hours instead. Also, please note that for the first time this year a few colleges will only host one session a day; this group includes Bethany Lutheran College, St. Catherine University and the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University. View the full visit session schedule.
- Encourage students to visit more than one college. Each year we survey students and parents who attended, and nearly half say that they wished they had gone on more visits. Only two percent felt they had taken too many. Minnesota Private College Week is designed to make it easier to visit multiple campuses in a day or a week.
- For those families with questions about our event, please direct them to our frequently asked questions page and our tips on how to make the most their visit.
- For those families who may not have access to a car, our page on alternative transportation options is a good starting point on how to get to the communities where our colleges are located.
Register to bring a group of students
Registering to bring a group of students to Minnesota Private College Week is now easier (and less time-consuming). The simplified online registration form now only asks for student names, grad years and high school names; you can copy/paste that directly into our form. Plus you don’t need to go through the effort of creating an account. Register to bring a group of students.
Because we want your visit go as smoothly as possible for both you and your students, please read our group visit guidelines before registering to bring students to campus.
Or register to come without students
If you or your fellow counselors want to participate in Minnesota Private College Week without students, you are welcome to do that as well. Not only is it an excellent way for you to learn more about our colleges, but it’s also helps you learn what students can expect when they sign up for visits during our event. Register to come without students.
There’s still time to register for either our annual Counselors' Breakfast, which will be held on May 8 in Bloomington, or our new College Access Breakfast, which will be held on April 23 in Plymouth.
Both are free and will run from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with breakfast included. These events are opportunities for small group conversation with representatives from our colleges, where you can hear timely updates and have your questions answered. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.
If you have questions, please contact Tom Lancaster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-293-6811.
Newly release national data shows that our member institutions have the highest share of first-time, full-time Pell Grant recipients graduating in four years compared Minnesota’s public institutions as well as to other states’ publics and nonprofits. Pell grants help low-income students pay for college, and more than one in four students at our colleges receive them.
A group of African-American men are finding support — and supporting each other — through a new initiative that is underway at six private colleges. Organized through the Minnesota Private College Fund, the program scholarships — Eddie Phillips Scholars and Ciresi Walburn Scholars — combine funds for students to use to cover tuition costs in their junior and senior years with a set of leadership and personal development opportunities. Thirty students have taken part to-date, coming together in three groups over the last couple years.
More than 10,700 college students come to Minnesota each year to earn a degree at a private college. And many of them stay — sometimes even despite our challenging weather. Take Harry Griffin, who came from Alabama to earn his bachelor’s at The College of St. Scholastica. After graduating last spring, he’s sold on staying here. "I decided to stay in Minnesota because of the variety of job opportunities that are available throughout the state," he said. "Minnesota is also a great place to live because of the amazing nature and the outdoor scenes that the state has to offer.”
With spring officially here and the temperatures on the rise, it’s a great time for families to begin making plans for the summer to keep their students busy and engaged.
View our list of summer enrichment programs offered by our colleges and then follow the links to more information.
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Record five African-American female athletes start basketball game
Augsburg University athletes made history by having five African-American female starters at a college basketball game in Minnesota.
Mock trial team sees first tournament success
Bethany Lutheran College’s newly formed mock trial team travelled to Wheaton, Ill. in February to complete at the America Mock Trial Association regional meet.
Bethel student uses her love of science—and learning—to help others
Bethel University junior Maria Pecoraro researched lung development last summer and saw the potential benefits of the research working as a nursing assistant.
Is this the new era of classroom learning?
A new app created at Carleton College uses augmented reality to change the way biology students see one of the most important molecules in our body.
College Scorecard ranks Saint John’s No. 1, Saint Ben’s No. 4 in Minnesota earnings category
It’s the third time in four years Saint John’s University has led Minnesota nonprofit and public schools.
St. Scholastica grad students educate the public on heart health
Graduate students from The College of St. Scholastica’s Exercise Physiology master's program represented the College during the regional “Go Red for Women” heart health awareness conference.
Schulze receives Global Thinkers Forum award
Christine Schulze, executive director of Concordia College’s Concordia Language Villages, received an international global thinkers award from the Global Thinkers Forum.
CSP marketing students compete in National Grocers Association competition
Five Concordia University, St. Paul marketing seniors recently competed in the National Grocers Association (NGA) student marketing competition at the NGA national conference held in San Diego.
January class explores intersection of culture, the self, and agriculture
Students at Gustavus Adolphus College learned inside and outside the classroom in a unique January Interim Experience course taught by a local organic farmer.
Hamline students went around the world for J-Term
From Jamaica to Germany, Hamline University students traveled all over the world through the wonderful J-Term study abroad option.
Macalester grad goes home to Mexico to fulfill childhood dream
Star Tribune story about Macalester College alumni Cuauhtemoc Cruz Herrera highlights how he is using his love of math to help others.
MCAD alum to paint Governor Dayton's official portrait
Minneapolis College of Art and Design alum Paul Oxborough, an internationally recognized portrait artist, was selected to paint Governor Mark Dayton's official portrait.
Saint Mary's student assists with social media for X Games
Seventeen Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota business students had the unique opportunity to be part of the 2019 Winter X Games Student Work Program.
St. Kate's alumnae, faculty among the 2018 Outstanding Nurses
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine has announced the annual Outstanding Nurses Award winners, and nearly one-third of the winners are St. Catherine University alumnae or faculty.
St. Olaf researchers study snow for clues on climate change
Minnesotans know snow. At St. Olaf College, researchers are taking it one step further — by probing the physics of snow for clues on climate change.
St. Thomas recognized as Military Friendly School
The University of St. Thomas has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for the second straight year by the Military Friendly survey.
Interested in more campus news? View past news items from all our campuses.
Here are some of the best recent articles that we’ve come across:
Students at smaller colleges more likely to say faculty care
Gallup, Jan. 30, 2019
The economic gains (yes, gains) of a liberal arts education
Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 15, 2019
What will you be? Who will you be?
St. Cloud Times, Feb. 23, 2019
How a college major might be minor
Forbes, Feb. 28, 2019
Despite high costs, new poll shows most young adults think a four-year degree is worth it
The Hechinger Report, March 11, 2019