May 2016 Counselor News
With June and the end of the school year almost upon us, please share with students and families that there is still plenty of time to register for this year’s Minnesota Private College Week, June 20-24. Students can register themselves or parents can do it for them.
Our website has handy information to help them plan their visits, including:
- frequently asked questions
- tips on making the most of visits
- directions and parking info
- ideas and advice on how to make a road trip out of it
We’ve also created resources to help you promote the event — including a postcard, flyers, and a graphic for your website or newsletter.
If you would like to attend yourself, please contact Lisa Thompson to register. Thank you for helping families learn about the week!
In K-12 education, you hear a lot about the benefits that small class sizes have on student learning. Higher ed is no different, although the student-teacher dynamics changes. At our private colleges, students and professors get to know each other because most classes have fewer than 20 students. This relationship between students and faculty has big benefits — one example is in student research. Discover how meaningful this interaction is with an example from at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Kevin Cook knew he wasn’t cut out for a big school, and the smaller class sizes drew him to Hamline University. “I get to know my professors and they get to know me,” he said. Plus, attending a liberal arts university allowed him to explore classes outside of his exercise science and chemistry majors. Read Kevin's story.
Our colleges have a long history of working to “tread lightly” on the environment — even before it became popular — and often enlist the help (and ideas) from our students. Whether it’s organic meal options or alternative energy sources, our colleges continue to look for and implement new ways to go green. Learn more about several initiatives at Gustavus Adolphus College and Concordia College.
The median family income of Minnesota students who file the FAFSA isn’t all that different between our private colleges and the public universities in the state. (“Median” simply means that 50% have of families a higher income and 50% have lower).
Source: Minnesota State Grant End-of-Year Statistics Fiscal Year 2015 report, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Note: Includes both dependent and independent FAFSA-filing Minnesota students.
*The Minnesota Private College Council’s 17 member institutions
The Power of Liberal Arts website (liberalartslife.org) created by the Council of Independent Colleges features alumni testimonials and myth-busting infographics to help educate students and their families about liberal arts education. Check it out!
Here are some of the best recent articles that we’ve come across:
Here are the five critical skills every new college graduate should have
Washington Post, Apr. 18, 2016
Think about these college questions
St. Cloud Times, Apr. 23, 2016
How mentorship is helping more Latino men earn college degrees
The Atlantic Magazine, Apr. 26. 2016
Most high school seniors aren't college or career ready, says 'Nation's Report Card'
National Public Radio, Apr. 27. 2016
Why Minnesota needs more minority college grads - its economy
Pioneer Press, May 3, 2016