December 2017 Counselor News
Consider being an early bird and order copies of the 2018 Minnesota Private College Week. Reserve your copies today, and we’ll send them out to you in January. Early orders are encouraged. (You’ll still be able to order copies later.)
Sometimes it can be hard to visual the career path for liberal arts college grads because the options are almost limitless. Carleton College has created a unique tool that looks at the majors and careers of their graduates to help their students along this path of discovery. Read more about the tool.
The Hamilton Project’s also offers an interactive career path tool that looks at career paths and earnings of graduates within a college major, as well as filters for specific genders and age groups.
“Value” is word that covers a lot of ground during the college search process: the quality of education; the variety of academic and extracurricular options; the knowledge and skills gained for a career path; the sense of community on campus, and so on — and of course the monetary value is tied to all of these. How a family weighs these many “values” can vary widely, yet each year thousands of families (70 percent of them from Minnesota!) find the right mix of opportunities at one of our 17 colleges. Explore and share the many reasons why.
If you like the infographics in the slideshow at the above link, you can download the entire set on our additional counselor resources page. The infographics come from our new infographic poster, and each fact has been saved as an individual image. (You can also order the poster if you haven’t already received one or need more copies.)
A great way to estimate how much financial aid a family’s student might be eligible to receive is by using net price calculators (sometimes also called "financial aid estimators”). All colleges have one on their website. "Net price" simply refers to what a student actually pays to attend, after subtracting financial aid. Since few families pay that listed college price, it’s important to use a net price calculator before dismissing the school entirely. A college with a higher “list price” can actually be less expensive than a college with a lower one once financial aid is factored in. Find links to the calculators at our colleges.
Augsburg senior Maria Cruz knows a thing or two about homelessness, having moved around the Minneapolis area with her siblings but often finding themselves without a place to live. When the double major in political science and international relations was approached by her advisor about a community service opportunity, Cruz knew she wanted to tackle homeless among women. “As I looked into the resources available, there didn’t seem to be many for this community,” she said. “There were resources for kids but I knew if we supported the women it would help the whole family.” Read more about Maria and her project.
The Council publishes an e-newsletter just for parents of middle and high school students four times a year. Called The Bridge: Parent News, the newsletter provides helpful information on the college planning process as well as news, announcements and resources specific to our colleges. Past issues along with a sign up can be found at mnprivatecolleges.org/parents. Please consider sharing this valuable resource with parents.
Whether you’re looking for resources to pass along to families or ones to share on your own social media feeds, we’ve got you covered.
- Facebook: Our page is geared to parents of middle or high school students. We often share general information on the college planning process and news about our colleges and their events. We also sometimes share posts and events offerings by other reputable pages, such as the Federal Student Aid page.
- Twitter: Our feed covers a wide variety of higher education topics and news — both local and national. We also post announcements, such as about campus visit events.
- Instagram: We share a sampling of our colleges’ best images and a few of our own tidbits about the benefits of liberal arts colleges.
Looking a social media account for one (or all) of our colleges? We’ve already compiled the list so you don’t have to track them down. There’s also a PDF you can download.
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Augsburg hosts 29th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum
Nobel Peace Prize laureates and world leaders convened at Augsburg University with students and local peacemakers for this international event focused on building dialogue in divided societies.
Bethel physics and engineering space expanded and renovated
A renovation and expansion of Bethel University’s physics and engineering space puts science on display and highlights one of Bethel’s largest and most renowned departments.
From liberal arts to making a living
The Chronicle of Higher Education featured Carleton College’s scholars career center program, which helped Tianna Avery ’19 rethink her plans for medical school.
Saint Benedict graduate wants to change narrative of how city, state describe themselves to others
Brenda Kyle, College of Saint Benedict class of 1986, began new job as president and CEO of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 1.
St. Scholastica graduate social work program awarded $1.3 million grant
The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded $1.33 million by the federal government to offer stipends to graduate clinical social work students committed to working in behavioral health in rural settings.
CSP recognized as a top college for adult learners
Concordia University, St. Paul is ranked third nationally by Washington Monthly in the 2017 Best Colleges for Adult Learners category.
Individuals, communities transformed through Gustavus public discourse class
Gustavus Adolphus College's communication studies program celebrates 10 years of Public Discourse, a course that connects students with hands-on projects in the community.
Career-ready science at Hamline
Through Hamline University’s Initiative for Professional and Academic Liaisons (HIPAL), students prepare for professional careers throughout their time as undergraduates with specialized career development resources.
Macalester gets a shout-out for creating entrepreneurs
Kate Ryan Reiling ’00 heads Macalester College’s entrepreneurship program with real-world experience building a business and empathy for the needs of an entrepreneur.
Permanent gallery for The Saint John’s Bible opens at Saint John’s
Gallery in the lower level of Alcuin Library at Saint John’s University will exhibit original folios from the seven volumes.
Saint Mary's partners with Sanneh Foundation
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Graduate School of Education is partnering with the Sanneh Foundation to provide licensure pathways for Dreamline coaches in the areas of special education and ESL.
St. Kate's project to reduce stigma for children with disabilities
St. Catherine University professors Mary Hearst and Paula Rabaey are working to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities in Kanyama, Zambia.
St. Olaf chef showcases award-winning food
Executive Chef Matthew Fogarty stopped by WCCO-TV to provide a taste of why St. Olaf College regularly makes national 'Best Campus Food' lists.
New veteran’s resource center opens at St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas aspires to become the most veteran-friendly campus in the upper Midwest.
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:
Liberal arts education prepares you for life in a rapidly changing world
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 25, 2017
Yes, your kid will do something with that philosophy degree after all
Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2017
When application essay ‘help’ crosses a line
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 16, 2017
One more application lever prospective college students can pull: ‘demonstrated interest’
MinnPost, Oct. 23, 2017
Digitalization and the American workforce
The Brookings Institution, Nov. 2017
Six myths about choosing a college major
The New York Times, Nov. 3, 2017