December 2019 Counselor News
It’s easy for students and parents to get hung up on the “list price” for a college and eliminate it solely based on that number. But you know that few students end up paying amount thanks to financial aid. Net price calculators provide a far more accurate estimate on cost since they factor in the aid the student might be eligible to receive. And a college with a higher list price may end up being less expensive than a college with a lower one once financial aid is factored in.
Please encourage family to use the links to our college’s net price calculators.
As a senior in high school, Willie Julkes III hoped to play college football while earning an excellent education. As the recruiting process played out, Julkes had to choose between heading to a bigger school and try to make the team as a walk-on or head to a small private college and be a starter.
After college graduation, the path to a career may not always be linear one leading to a clearly defined end goal. It can be more far more meandering due new opportunities along the way. We recently featured six younger alums who knew when to stay the course and when to run with the unexpected.
Each of our colleges award credit or advance placement to first-year students who have participated in dual-credit programs. Their policies, however, differ as does the number credits student are allowed to transfer in. Find out which colleges accept what.
With more than 160 majors and minors to consider, students have plenty of options. This fall, we spotlighted new majors at Bethany Lutheran College (health communications major), Bethel University (mechanical engineering major) and Hamline University (computational data science major) developed in response to emerging needs.
There’s still time to order copies of the 2020 Minnesota Private College Week handout. The handout will be mailed out in January. (You’ll still be able to order it later, but placing an order now allows you to reserve copies.)
Published four times a year, The Bridge: Parent News e-newsletter provides helpful information on the college planning process for parents of middle and high school students. It includes general information that parents might find useful as well as details specific to our colleges, including visit event announcements. Past issues along with a sign up can be found at mnprivatecolleges.org/parents.
For parents of middle school students, we created a section of our website to help them get started on planning and preparing for college.
Please consider sharing these resources with parents.
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Auggie pass provides Augsburg undergraduate students unlimited rides
Augsburg University's student government approved paying for the pass by student fee in a first of its kind partnership between Metro Transit and a Twin Cities college.
Summer construction brings renewal to spaces on Bethel’s campus
Bethel University renovated the oldest dorm on campus and converted other spaces into five new engineering labs and an Office of Military and Veteran Services.
Prof. Barbara Allen receives award for book exploring lies in political advertising
The book recognizes 11 former Carleton College students who worked with Allen on election study.
CSB, SJU communities band together to help Bahamas
A number of efforts were held at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University to aid those impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
Sustainability is a focus on St. Scholastica campus
Stewardship has long been a priority at The College of St. Scholastica, and with a new grant-funded program and a sustainability-related major, it’s now more important than ever.
Students present research in Washington D.C.
Concordia College seniors Alexis Guttormson and Elli Strand presented at the international mammalogy conference.
Building Cultural Bridges Camp celebrates 15 years at CSP
This summer marked the 15th year of the Building Cultural Bridges Camp, which is a two-week camp held at Concordia University, St. Paul’s campus.
Three Gustavus students win national Gilman Scholarship
Three Gustavus Adolphus College students are using the competitive Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Peru, Thailand and Nepal this semester.
Hamline launches comprehensive campaign
Hamline University, Minnesota's first university, announced a campaign to raise $110 million.
Macalester dean and alumna quoted in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Guide
Macalester College Dean Mindy Deardurff and Meera Singh '19, McKinsey & Company, business analyst, were quoted on how colleges are doing more to give undergraduate students a leg up on career planning.
MCAD alumni awarded Minnesota Center for Book Arts Jerome Fellowship
Minneapolis College of Art and Design alumni Sarah Evenson, Jade Herrick and Shun Jie Yong are recipients of this year's prestigious fellowship.
Saint Mary's to dedicate new residence hall
On Oct. 4, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota will host a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new, $6.9 million residence hall on the Winona Campus, Brother William Hall.
Report shows St. Kate’s student voting engagement higher than national average
St. Catherine University has a much higher percentage of voting students than college students nationwide. In 2018, St. Kate’s voting rate was 60.1 percent; nationally it was 39.1 percent.
St. Olaf Orchestra wins the American Prize
The renowned St. Olaf Orchestra, conducted by Steven Amundson, has been named the winner of The American Prize in Orchestra Performance.
St. Thomas promotes sustainability
The University of St. Thomas has announced its first Sustainability Strategic Plan, which identifies goals and action steps to advance the university's commitment to sustainability.
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:
Cheaper, more sustainable dorm decor: Twin Cities colleges set up free stores and swaps
Star Tribune, Sept. 17, 2019
In the salary race, engineers sprint but English majors endure
The New York Times, Sept. 20, 2019
Students will be able to retake sections of ACT next year — without repeating entire exam
The Washington Post, Oct. 8, 2019
How a liberal arts education can help your career
Inc., Oct. 11, 2019
Are job skills and an education the same thing?
The Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 29, 2019