January 2019 Counselor News
There is no simple answer when it comes to college fit as high school counselors know. Three common elements that factor in are academic, social and financial fit.
Our colleges offer summer programming that provides parents with many options to keep their teens busy and growing over the summer months. Many programs are offered each year. Whether it’s learning something new, expanding their current knowledge or skills, or staying physically active, teens are sure to find something they enjoy. (Bonus: It’s a great way to help student get comfortable with being on a college campus and seeing themselves there in the future.)
View our list of programs and then follow the links to more information. Some program have sign up deadlines as early as February or March so please share with families as soon as possible.
The Council has a number of free resources on our website to get the word out about Minnesota Private College Week, which runs from June 24 to June 28 this year with sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. You can:
- Order and distribute our free postcards.
- Download, print and hang up our flyers in your building.
- Use our sample text and graphic in e-newsletters or on your website.
Student and parent registration will open on April 1 at mnprivatecolleges.org/mpcw.
Easier group visit registration coming
We’re making it easier for you to register to bring groups of students to Minnesota Private College Week. On April 1, we’ll be rolling out a new, simplified registration form that ask for less information about each of your students — only names, grad years and high school — and you will be able to easily copy/paste this information into our form all at once.
Also be sure to read our group visit guidelines, which cover chaperone expectations and grade level restrictions in addition to providing other helpful advice to make your visit go as smoothly as possible for both you and your students.
If you haven’t coordinated bringing a group before, then our article on coordinating group summer visits might be helpful as you make your plans.
Come without students
As in previous years, counselors are very welcome to come to Minnesota Private College Week without students as well. This is an excellent way for you to learn more about our colleges first-hand. Registration will open on April 1.
There’s a lot of misinformation online about nonprofit private colleges, and it’s hard to put the genie back in the bottle once it’s been shared (and reshared) on social media. Below are a couple of the most pervasive myths that make the rounds every year.
Myth: Private college students only come from wealthy families.
Fact: Students attending our 17 colleges and universities report family incomes at every level, similar to the public universities in the state. That’s possible because 95 percent of our first-year students receive grants and scholarships that never have to be paid back.
Myth: Liberal arts degrees are not marketable to employers.
Fact: Our colleges provide a collection of experiences that help graduates be career ready. Employers seek the knowledge and skills our graduates have. And employers value liberal arts degrees. In a 2015 survey, more than eight out of 10 employers said students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts. Private colleges support students through strong alumni networks, job fairs and career services.
Myth: Liberal arts institutions don’t focus on science or math.
Fact: Our colleges are focused on the sciences and math, along with the humanities and social sciences. For example, our members award 49 percent of at all physical science bachelor’s degrees awarded in the state. We also award 35 percent of math degrees and 33 percent of all biological science degrees as well as 44 percent of all nursing degrees.
Myth: My GPA or ACT/SAT score isn’t high enough to get into a private college.
Fact: There’s a private college that can work for you. It’s important to realize that a wide variety of factors are used when colleges are looking at admitting students: it’s not just about GPAs and test scores. Also, how GPAs and test scores are taken into consideration varies significantly. The typical GPAs and test scores of enrolled students differ among our colleges. Plus, several of our colleges are test optional, meaning you don’t have to submit ACT/SAT scores when you apply.
Athletics are a bit different at our 17 private colleges and universities. Even with NCAA Division II and Division III student athletics, our campuses never lose sight of placing the primary emphasis on the student. Add in a wide range of club and intermural sports, and students will never be at a loss to tap into their athletic aptitudes and interests.
Monique Rondeau grew up in Stillwater knowing she wanted to go to college — even though she would be the first person in her family to do so. She also knew she wanted to go to a small liberal arts college, and her research led her to St. Olaf College. “We did some campus tours and after the St. Olaf tour I knew it was going to be a good fit,” Rondeau said. While cost was a major consideration, it wasn’t the only factor she used to make her decision. “I looked at a couple other liberal arts colleges that I knew I could get a great education at, and they all gave me similar financial aid packages. I felt like I was going to be the most successful at St. Olaf,” she said.
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum—Minneapolis marked its 30th anniversary in September
The forum, hosted by Augsburg University, celebrated the achievements of 2016 Nobel Laureates, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, and The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Bethany media arts senior connects in Los Angeles
Bethany Lutheran College senior Sam Shubert spent his fall semester studying at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center with faculty who are working professionals and experts in their field.
Bethel athlete makes top 30 for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
The NCAA recognizes student-athlete Annika Halverson ’18 from Bethel University for her accomplishments in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
Carleton launches $400 million campaign with momentum from $50 million gift
Carleton College has embarked on a comprehensive campaign designed to sustain its academic excellence, safeguard its historic strengths and further invest in a promising future.
CSB and SJU ranked among top baccalaureate schools for number of students who study abroad
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are ranked No. 2 among baccalaureate schools with 365 students who studied abroad in mid-length study abroad programs.
St. Scholastica starts National Center for Computer Science Education
The College of St. Scholastica has created the National Center for Computer Science Education, which helps create equitable computer science education opportunities for all K-16 students and educators.
Cobber grads receive scholarship from ELCA
Six Concordia College (Moorhead) graduates received the full-tuition Fund for Leaders Scholarship from the ELCA to attend seminary.
Concordia announces eSports as 17th varsity athletics program
Concordia University, St. Paul associate director of athletics Regan McAthie announced CSP will officially endorse a varsity eSports team, beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.
Gustavus awarded $1 million grant to support continuing education for pastors
Gustavus Adolphus College will run a leadership development program for pastors in southern Minnesota thanks to a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
Hamline mock trial team takes a turn at teaching
The Hamline University Mock Trial program affirmed the benefits of strong arguments, preparation and teamwork when they shared their knowledge and experience with deaf and hearing-impaired high school students.
Macalester president writes opinion piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education
Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg writes that rather than trying to recreate an idealized past, we should be trying to create a more equitable future.
MCAD alumni's new animated series premieres on Cartoon Network
Minneapolis College of Art and Design alumni Andrew Koehler '04 and Benjamin Martin '04 premiere their new animated series “Tigtone” on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
Saint Mary's unveils baseball clubhouse
On Jan. 15, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota unveiled its new $704,000 baseball clubhouse, made possible through generosity of alumni athletes.
Maakwe Cumanzala '19 is a finalist for the 2019 Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholarship
A St. Catherine University student is a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship program. Maakwe Cumanzala ’19, an international student from Zimbabwe, is majoring in economics and mathematics.
New St. Olaf program works to expand civil discourse
Political polarization and partisan animosity are making it harder for Americans to talk politics. The Public Affairs Conversation at St. Olaf College seeks to change that.
St. Thomas turns waste into sustainability
The University of St. Thomas is reducing food waste through the Food Recovery Network, which donates unused food from dining services locations to local charities.
Interested in more campus news? View past news items from all our campuses.
Private colleges aim to draw community college students to campus
Star Tribune, Nov. 10, 2018
Studious friends and roommates might lead to higher grades in college
The Hechinger Report, Nov. 12, 2018
New data on admissions: Criteria that matter, early decision and more
Inside Higher Education, Nov. 12, 2018
Can tech and the humanities exist side by side? Can they afford not to?
Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2018
A multiple choice test: Will 10 APs get you ready for Yale? Yes? No? Maybe?
Washington Post, Dec. 21, 2018
Why students don't fill out the FAFSA
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 14, 2019