May 2018 Counselor News
There’s still plenty of time for students and families to register for Minnesota Private College Week, June 25 through 29, to check summer campus visits off their to-do lists. Sessions are held each day from 9:30 to noon and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on all 17 of our campuses. Please considering sharing the following resources to help them plan their visits:
- FAQs about the event
- our tips on how to make the most their visit
- directions and parking info for each campus, with a link for alternative transportation options too
Other summer campus visit options
If the last week of June doesn’t fit into a family’s schedule, there are other options. Some of our campuses host special events and tours for high school seniors and juniors during the summer in addition to Minnesota Private College Week. And for those that don’t, families can schedule a personal visit. Check out our summer campus visits schedule.
Planning on bringing a group to Minnesota Private College Week?
Although we prefer that students register themselves, counselors can register to bring a group of students. There are several ways to do this:
- ONLINE: Use our online registration system. This is the best method for groups of less than 10 students.
- OFFLINE: Fill out our group visit sign-up sheet and submit it directly to the college you want to visit. This is the best method for groups of 10 or more students.
If your group is large, please contact admission offices ahead of time to make sure the college can accommodate your group.
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 the visit go as smoothly as possible.
Come without students!
Minnesota Private College Week isn’t just for families. It’s also a great way for you — in your role as a counselor — to get to know more about our colleges. It’ll also give you a first-hand experience of what the event is like. We have a separate online form for counselors to use when registering for visits without students.
We’ll soon begin work on updating our free college resources — including our College Guide, admission posters and the redesigned admission brochure. If you already know what you’ll need from us next fall, then why not pre-order copies now? It will be one less thing for to figure out in the fall when you come back to school, and it will help us plan our print runs. Learn more and order.
Student who graduate from liberal arts colleges are set to succeed. In fact, 75 percent of our graduates are employed within a year of earning their bachelor’s degree; another 16 percent are pursuing additional education and four percent are doing volunteer service (such as Peace Corps or mission work). Employers know that liberal arts graduates make great additions to their organization and seek the knowledge and skills that our grads have. Learn why.
We caught up with two Minnesota nonprofits to learn how efforts to help students get to college are adapting. College Possible, which helps high school students in Minnesota and several other states, launched a virtual college access program that allows students to connect with coaches digitally while Breakthrough Twin Cities deepen its focus to include helping students understand student loan debt and how to manage it. Read more about the programs.
The amount of depression and anxiety among students is a growing national concern, not just in high schools but also on college campuses. For these students, feeling optimistic can seem next to impossible at times, but several of our colleges are using prevention-focused efforts to help student learn how. Enter the Happy Hour project. The project uses positive psychology to help students build skills to increase their resiliency and, yes, happiness. Read more about the research-based program and curriculum.
Taking PSEO courses at the University of Minnesota during high school made Jacob Hanson realize he wanted to find a college that offered smaller class sizes. “I really wanted a community where I could get to know my professors,” said Hanson. “After visiting Concordia College and hearing about its pre-med program, I knew it was the right fit for me.” While he was concerned about the cost, he knew to keep the bigger picture in mind. “Cost was certainly an important factor, but I didn’t want that to hold me back from the right opportunity.” Read more of Jacob’s story.
Discovery — of self, of interests, of direction — is the hallmark of higher education, especially at liberal arts colleges where it’s not only encouraged but woven throughout. And sometimes that path opens up unexpected opportunities and sends students in directions they never knew existed. Read about the paths of six recent alumni.
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Augsburg adopts test-optional admissions policy
Submission of ACT or SAT test scores for admission at Augsburg University is optional for fall 2019 incoming undergraduate student applicants, except in specific circumstances.
New Bethany education programs receive state approval
Bethany Lutheran College has received formal approval from the state for a new special education major and an endorsement program for pre-primary grades.
Bethel announces partnership with Thrivent Financial
Bethel University students will invest over $1 million on behalf of Thrivent and individual donors through the new Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF).
Carleton's Chris Anisowicz creates solar-powered summer program
Carleton College football player turns passion for learning into program that teaches others about solar energy in a fun, unique educational model.
S.A.M. Case Study team makes it five straight national titles
Team from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University wins Undergraduate Division at 34th annual Society for the Advancement of Management (S.A.M.) Case Study Research Competition.
St. Scholastica program to improve rural healthcare
The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded a $1.4 million, two-year federal grant to fund the Rural Academic Practice Partnership for Northeastern Minnesota for enhanced placement of nurse practitioner and expanded educational opportunities for rural primary care providers.
Concordia Language Villages receives $5 million gift for Korean site
Concordia Language Villages, a program of Concordia College, received a $5 million gift to build an authentic location for the Korean Language Village.
CSP marketing students compete in National Grocers Association Competition
Concordia University, St. Paul marketing seniors recently competed in the National Grocers Association student marketing competition in Las Vegas.
Hope springs geothermal for Gustavus student Kenzie Perry
Gustavus Adolphus College senior Kenzie Perry is researching water quality across the Midwest
Hamline professors collaborate with Minneapolis neighborhood
Hamline University criminal justice professors partner with the City of Minneapolis and the Little Earth community to implement crime reduction strategies.
Macalester alumnus Kofi Annan urges students to become leaders
The Star Tribune covered the former U.N. Secretary-General's visit to Macalester College for the dedication of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship.
MCAD student receives prestigious Wingate Fellowship
Kiley Friese, a Minneapolis College of Art and Design senior, received a 2018 Craft Windgate Fellowship, a prestigious award worth $15,000 and one of the largest offered nationally to art students.
Saint Mary's University forms center for culturally responsive engagement
To help bridge the equity gaps that exist nationally throughout our schools, organizations and communities, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has created the Center for Culturally Responsive Engagement.
St. Kate's students earn distinguished honors
St. Catherine University students Erin Nelsen ’20 and Andrea Duarte ’19 have earned a competitive summer internship with the U.S. Department of State and a Truman Scholarship, respectively.
St. Olaf brings its classes into the community
St. Olaf College's Academic Civic Engagement program gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world settings through courses like this January's Engineering Design Practicum.
Sophomores from the University of St. Thomas win Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge
University of St. Thomas students Meghan Sharkus and Jackie Page won the largest undergraduate national business pitch competition and $75,000 in funding for their business ExpressionMed.
Interested in more campus news? View past news items from all our campuses.
Liberal arts degree delivers liberal earnings and job satisfaction
Seattle Times, Mar. 13, 2018
Treat a college visit like you’re vacationing, not like you’re cramming for finals
Washington Post, Apr. 22, 2018
College admission fairs: Do they matter?
Forbes, Apr. 26, 2018
Honest career advice for college students who think they need a master plan for life
USA Today, Apr. 27, 2018
Want to skip the ACT or SAT? Two more Minnesota universities to offer 'test-optional' admissions
Star Tribune, May 9, 2018
STEM is essential for our nation's future. But it's not the only discipline that matters.
USA Today, May 16, 2018