October 2017 Counselor News
As someone who works with students and families on their college planning, you know that nothing helps students better imagine what it would be like to live and learn at a college than visiting its campus. All 17 of our nonprofit private colleges have fall visit events for high school students scheduled — including on Oct. 19 and 20, when Minnesota high schools are out for MEA.
We’ve compiled a full list of fall visit events with links to more information on each college’s website. If none of the dates work, students can always schedule an individual campus visit. See the links to each college’s visit scheduling page on our website.
With families busier than ever these days, missing a deadline is a real possibility, so we’ve gathered the application and financial aid deadlines for all our colleges into one easy-to-scan list.
The list also includes a link to the college’s online application and shows which schools charge an application fee. (Hint: Most don’t, and there are options to have it waived for the few that do.)
If you also are wondering which application items each school requires, check out our application requirements list.
The 2017-18 College Guide is now available for order or download and includes general information about Minnesota's private colleges as well as profiles on each of our colleges and a grid showing their undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations. The majors grid can also be downloaded as a separate PDF.
We will be mailing a copy of the College Guide to Minnesota high school counseling offices soon, but please feel free to order a copy now if you'd rather not wait or you are out of state.
Also available for download is our new earning credit in high school handout, which shows what each college recognizes and accepts in terms of AP, CIS, CLEP, IB and PSEO. We also have this information listed directly on our website.
(Do you know or worth with students at community colleges? A PDF of our 2017-18 Transfer Guide is now on our website as well.)
We are finalizing two new posters — an infographic and a poster-sized version of the College Guide’s majors grid — and both will be ready in late October, but you are welcome to order copies now if you'd like. We’ll also begin accepting pre-orders for the Minnesota Private College Week postcard in November so watch for an announcement.
Our online areas of study search, known as the College Finder, allows students to search for more than 140 areas of study while also adding varsity athletics, club sports and fine arts programs into the mix. It’s a handy tool to narrow down college options to only those schools that offer programs that are of interest. The student can then visit a college’s online profile and request more information from the college
It’s no secret: college can feel overwhelming, especially for first-year students who are adjusting to their new independence and seniors who may feel anxious about heading out into the “real” world. We asked student success leaders at our colleges what they would recommend to help ease that transition, and they did not disappoint. We distilled their feedback down to six key tips. Check out the list.
Many colleges require some writing when students apply, and that’s true for over half of our colleges. And while the student should take care to polish that essay or personal statement, it’s the substance of the piece that is most critical. Student reflection — authenticity — helps admissions people understand what motivates the student and what makes him unique, beyond test scores and lists of activities. Read what a college counselor and a college admission officer had to say.
College students, recent grads and those saving for college each scored a victory this past legislative session. Policymakers passed and Gov. Dayton signed into law several policy changes to Minnesota tax law that will help each group. We recently did a brief rundown of the changes in our parent newsletter that you might want to share with your families.
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Augsburg celebrates name change at academic year kickoff event
In September, Augsburg officially became Augsburg University and welcomed the most diverse incoming class in its 148-year history.
Bethel professor awarded Fulbright and Carnegie Fellowships
Bethel University Professor of Sociology Samuel Zalanga will spend the next year developing curricula, teaching social reform, and studying in his native Nigeria.
Carleton constructs geothermal well fields
Carleton College launched a new utility master plan with installation of geothermal well fields, transitioning from a steam plant to a low temperature hot water system.
Tables turned: Saint Ben’s students mentor teachers at 3-D workshop
Four College of Saint Benedict students help K-12 educators integrate technology into their classrooms.
St. Scholastica creates Inclusive Excellence position; Native leader appointed
The College of St. Scholastica has appointed Karen Diver, former Special Assistant to the Obama White House on Native American Affairs, as Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence.
Concordia renovated science center opens
Concordia College (Moorhead) opened its new Integrated Science center for the start of the academic year.
CSP expands nursing program
Concordia University, St. Paul is expanding its nursing offerings with the addition of a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.
Gustavus announces record-setting $40 million gift commitment
The landmark gift will position Gustavus Adolphus College among the elite liberal arts colleges in the nation for years to come.
Hamline students present innovative solar panels at national conference
Hamline University physics students and faculty presented research using superhydrophobic surfaces to repel snow from solar panels at the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C.
Macalester's Marlon James posts what it's like to be a Black man in Minnesota
Macalester College English professor Marlon James spoke to NPR on being a Black man in Minnesota after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of killing Philando Castille.
MCAD celebrates capital campaign completion with community open house
A commemorative mural in honor of the completion of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design's first comprehensive capital campaign was celebrated at a community open house on September 16.
Saint John’s Vande Hei ready for liftoff as first Johnnie astronaut
The 1989 Saint John’s University alumnus took off for the International Space Station in September.
Saint Mary’s breaks ground on Cascade Meadow expansion
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota broke ground earlier this month for the expansion of its Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center in Rochester.
Nebraska-bound St. Kate's team documents solar eclipse
One of 50 groups nationwide studying the eclipse, the all-female undergraduate research team from the St. Catherine University collected data from the stratosphere.
St. Olaf students use new technology to document ancient carvings
Two St. Olaf College students are using new technology to preserve a 7,000-year-old story told by ancient rock carvings.
St. Thomas is first in Minnesota named Changemaker Campus
The University of St. Thomas has been named a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, a global higher education consortium inspiring a culture of social innovation.
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:
Sending your kid to college: Why, you ask, should you pay for liberal arts?
Star Tribune, Apr. 24, 2017
Why we need the liberal arts in technology's age of distraction
Time, Jul. 24, 2017
Counterpoint: Are two years after high school better, or four? Both.
Star Tribune, Jul. 25, 2017
The unexpected value of the liberal arts
The Atlantic, Aug. 1, 2017
What is college good for? (Hint: More than just a job)
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 1, 2017
Place your bets on college, not the lottery
Star Tribune, Aug. 26, 2017
Students should take the reins during the college process
Forbes, Sept. 13, 2017