May 2019 Counselor News
There’s still plenty of time for students and families to register for Minnesota Private College Week, June 24 through 28, to check summer campus visits off their to-do lists. Sessions are held at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and are two hours and 30 minutes in length — except for the joint sessions held by the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, which run three hours instead.
Other summer visit options
If families already have plans the same week as Minnesota Private College Week, there are other options. Many of our campus hold other visit events during the summer — and for those that don’t, you can always schedule a private campus visit. Check out our list of summer campus visit events.
Don’t forget: You can sign up for Minnesota Private College Week too!
Counselors and others who help students with college decisions are always welcome to come during Minnesota Private College Week. It helps you learn what students can expect when they sign up for visits during our event, and it’s great way for you to learn more about our colleges. Register to come without students.
We’ll be updating our free college resources — including our admission brochure, College Guide and infographic poster— this summer. If you already know what you’ll need, why not order copies now. It will be one less thing for to think about when you come back to school after the summer. Learn more and order.
Wisconsin-native Zechariah Kitzhaber was considering both private and public colleges when in high school, but he knew he wanted to go to the college that could make it the most affordable. “I didn’t want to go into debt if I didn’t have to,” Kitzhaber remembered. The financial aid package from the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota was a pleasant surprise and led him to opt for the Winona institution.
Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn and Dan Wolgamott both came from out-of-state to attend Minnesota private colleges. This spring, they join the wave of first-year legislators serving in Minnesota’s House of Representatives. Find out Minnesota private colleges influenced their current political careers.
The collaboration between faculty and students is at the core of liberal arts education at Minnesota private colleges. College of Saint Benedict senior Rachel Nelson wanted to research whether there were physiological changes to Division III cross-country student athletes over a season, but knew she’d have to get started early before classes even started. And that meant working over the summer to get approval from the institutional review board.
The enrollment of students of color and Native American students continues to increase at our member colleges. In fall 2018, these students accounted for 27 percent of all undergraduate enrollment, an increase of 129 percent compared to fall 2008, when they accounted for only 15 percent of total enrollment. For nine of our member institutions, this population accounted for 20 percent or more of undergraduate enrollment. At seven, they accounted for 30 percent or more. (For context, last spring students of color and Native American students graduating from Minnesota high schools accounted for 23 percent of graduates.)
Our free The Bridge: Parent News e-newsletter provides helpful information on the college planning process for parents of middle and high school students. Published four times a year, it has both general information that parents might find useful as well as details specific to our colleges. Past issues along with a sign up can be found at mnprivatecolleges.org/parents.
We also have a section of our website just for parents of middle school students 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.
Augsburg wrestling wins 13th NCAA Division III National Championship
Augsburg University's wrestling team claimed a 64-point victory at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Roanoke, Virginia, going 4 for 4 in individual national title matches.
Bethany Lutheran College student production team earns national nomination
Bethany Lutheran College’s award-winning production studio has been nominated for a College Sports Media Award for their work directing and producing Minnesota State University Maverick Hockey broadcasts
Bethel's Society of Physics Students receives national Blake Lilly Prize
Bethel University’s Society of Physics Students chapter was recognized by the national organization for exemplary science outreach efforts in the community.
Carleton's Food Recovery Network expands impact on the community
Carleton College volunteers recovered over 22,000 pounds of food from local businesses and Carleton’s dining halls in fall 2018.
CSB/SJU students present experiential research project findings at Mayo Clinic
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University students help in the assessment of innovative technologies submitted by Mayo researchers.
St. Scholastica leads a collaboration to promote diversity in education
The College of St. Scholastica and community partners have developed their own program within the national "Pathways2Teaching" directive to help marginalized young people explore teaching as a potential career choice.
Concordia speech team places 12th in national tournament
Concordia College’s speech team took home a 12th place finish at that American Forensic Association National Tournament. Leah Roberts took third place for Prose out of 124 competitors.
CSP officially acquires Central Midway Building
Concordia University, St. Paul announced it officially closed on the purchase of the Central Midway Building, providing flexibility to serve the needs of a growing student population.
Gustavus professor's glacier research featured on BBC
Gustavus Adolphus College geography professor Jeff La Frenierre's revolutionary research on glacial melt and climate change will be featured on BBC's Earth From Space.
A focus on sustainability
It's always earth month in Hamline University's Renewable Energy and Environmental Research Lab.
Fred Swaniker is building the university of the future
The Macalester College alum is the founder and CEO of African Leadership University, listed by Fast Company as one of "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies."
MCAD announces new president
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design has named Sanjit Sethi as its next president. He will take office on July 15.
Students, area businesses benefit from Saint Mary's co-op program
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's new Cooperative Education Program is like an internship, only more intense.
St. Kate's receives legacy grant from GHR Foundation
St. Catherine University received a $5 million grant from the GHR Foundation to fund a new and scalable clinical education model in the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.
St. Olaf opens new, high-tech space for nursing program
The St. Olaf College Nursing Department’s new 5,500 square foot facility features two simulation labs, a simulation control room and a multi-bed skills lab.
Dougherty Family College students receive full-tuition scholarships
Ten Dougherty Family College students have been selected for full-tuition scholarships to pursue their bachelor's degrees at the University of St. Thomas.
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:
5 things to know when evaluating a financial aid offer
U.S. Department of Education, April 15, 2019
I might be a helicopter parent in college admission if...
Forbes, April 19, 2019
Keeping the cost of college down
U.S. Department of Education, April 22, 2019
How to make the most out of college fairs
Forbes, April 23, 2019
Almost all the colleges I wanted to go to rejected me. Now what?
The New York Times, April 30, 2019
What history can teach us about choosing a college
Forbes, May 2, 2019