February 2020 Counselor News
Did you know that our colleges offer a wide variety of on-campus summer programs for middle and high school students — from sports to academic to music to culture camps? It’s a great way for parents to keep them busy and engaged during the summer months, and many programs are offered each year. It’s also helps students get comfortable with being on a college campus and begin to see themselves there in the future.
View our list of programs and then follow the links to more information. Some programs have sign-up deadlines as early as February or March so please share with families as soon as possible.
Students don’t have to wait until summer or next fall to plan a campus visit. Most of our member colleges also hold visit events during the winter or spring. View our list of upcoming visit events and encourage students to learn more by using the links to each college’s website.
And if none of the dates or times works for a student, there is always the option to schedule an individual campus visit.
It may seem like it’s way too early to begin planning a group summer college visit for your students, but such visits tend to require more planning since is school out — more so if you’ve never done it before. To help you with this, we encourage you to review two past articles on the topic:
More advice — and alternatives
Our visit Planning Campus Visits booklet was prepared to help schools and access programs understand their options for campus visits at any time of the year — along with some alternative ways to help students learn about colleges. For example, maybe you want to explore options to have some college students video conference with students at your school or to host a college rep to come to you. For advice about planning group visits and learn what our colleges think about alternatives, view or download the PDF.
Group visits during Minnesota Private College Week
Last year, we rolled out a simplified registration form that requires for less information about each of your students (only name, grad year and high school). As you make plans, please review the group visit guidelines, which cover chaperone expectations and grade level restrictions. Registration opens on April 1.
To help you promote the event, the Council has a number of free resources on our website. You can:
- Order and distribute our free handout.
- Download, print and hang up event flyers in your building.
- Use our sample text and graphic in e-newsletters or on your website.
Need something else or have a suggestion? Just let us know by emailing us.
What makes “free” better? When what’s been offered for free is in fact useful. The Council has numerous free resources to help counselor and college access professionals as well as families learn how private colleges are different and what our members have to offer. We’ve gathered together a complete list on our website that includes downloadable photos, infographics and presentations along with links to events, publications and other various resources you might find handy.
And don’t forget that you or your students can request information from any or all of our member colleges by using our online college information request form.
On the national side, the federal Financial Aid Toolkit has tips on hosting aid events as well as a wide variety of free downloadable resources for students, parents, counselors and college access professionals.
Thousands of our students receive scholarships and grants that make it possible for them to attend private nonprofit colleges. We recently featured three students who were recipients of scholarships provided through the Minnesota Private College Fund, which provides scholarships to nearly 300 students each year thanks to donations from steadfast supporters.
Maybe you want to find out more about what is happening on campus. Or maybe you’re curious about the importance of the U.S. Census, the power of the spoken word or what it is like to perform at Carnegie Hall. Several of our member colleges launched podcasts over the last year or so, drawing on staff and faculty expertise.
There are many reasons why high school students may choose to attend a community college before transferring to a four-year institution. Maybe it’s to better prepared academically or maybe it’s to be closer to home. Whatever the reason, a community college can be the right path for a student, but making the jump to a four-year college can be tricky. The key is to make a plan as early as possible.
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Urban Adventure is moving to Augsburg University and will become Urban Investors
Through Urban Investors, Augsburg University student fellows will learn how they can have a constructive part in improving economic conditions in urban neighborhoods.
Bethany students get high profile experience
Bethany Lutheran College’s award-winning, student-run production studio will be producing two live college hockey games for Fox Sports North in the coming weeks.
Bethel student named to the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
Offensive lineman Danny Munoz '20 is one of 13 total Bethel University Royals to receive the national award, and the seventh consecutive winner.
Cooke Foundation awards partnership grant to Carleton College Summer Liberal Arts Institute
This partnership will provide support for up to 15 full summer program scholarships in the first year, enabling talented high school students to attend Carleton College’s summer programs.
Open Doors 2019: Report finds study abroad remains a signature program at CSB and SJU
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are ranked in two categories nationally among baccalaureate schools.
Acclaimed author Tommy Orange visits St. Scholastica
First-year students at The College of St. Scholastica learned about the creative writing process from best-selling novelist Tommy Orange during his recent visit to campus.
CSP welcomes the Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich
The Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich officially began his tenure as the 10th president of Concordia University, St. Paul on Jan. 1, 2020.
Renowned Civil War historian creates endowed professorship at Gustavus
Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian and 1958 Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus Dr. James McPherson recently endowed a new professorship in American History at the College.
A trip for truth
Hamline University's Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center sponsored an exploratory experience for campus community members.
Macalester alumnus new book filled with advice and stories for his children
Tim O’Brien, who graduated from Macalester College in 1968, told TIME magazine he hopes Dad’s Maybe Book will serve as an ongoing expression of love for his sons.
Inspiring MCAD student creates unique art with her feet
Sonia Boyer, a current student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, spoke with WCCO about creating artwork with no arms.
Saint Mary's alumna successful on 'Shark Tank'
Amber Leong, who earned her MBA at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, reeled in a $750,000 investment in her bright light therapy lamps on ABC's "Shark Tank."
St. Catherine University announces founding cohort of KARE scholars
St. Catherine University announced its founding cohort of KARE Scholars: six students dedicated to advancing health equity in the broad field of longevity and aging.
St. Olaf focuses on the importance of internships
Internships allow St. Olaf College students to test drive careers while sharpening their skills, defining their interests and applying classroom knowledge to the real world.
Full rides to med school: Three AFROTC cadets earn prestigious scholarships
Three AFROTC cadets from the University of St. Thomas were selected to receive full scholarships for medical school through the Air Force Health Professions program.
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:
Ethical college admissions: Counseling vs. coaching
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 11, 2019
What matters in college admission
Forbes, Nov. 20, 2019
Six caveats when using the college scorecard’s new program of study data
Forbes, Nov. 21, 2019
In defense of English majors (and every other kind)
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2019