October 2018 Counselor News
As someone who works with students and families, you know how invaluable campus visits are. We’ve compiled a list of fall visit events for our colleges with links to more information on each college’s website. We also have a fall campus visit flyer you can distribute to students or post in your school.
If students aren’t able to work any of the visit dates into their scheduled, they do have the option to arrange an individual campus visit. Visit our website to find links to each college’s visits page.
Don’t forget about the Minnesota National College Fair
This year’s Minnesota National College Fair will be held on Oct. 24 and Oct 25, and all our colleges will be present. The Council will also be in the resource area to answer general questions. (Not a Minnesota counselor? Find a National College Fair near you and then check the list of participating schools to see which of our colleges are attending.)
Tired of hunting down application requirements or deadlines for multiple colleges? We’ve compiled an application requirements list, which breaks it down by each of our college. Next, head over to our application deadlines list to identify key admission and financial aid deadlines. This list also includes links to each college’s online application. It’s worth noting that most of our colleges charge no application fee, and there are options to have it waived for those that do.
We update these pages every August so they are probably good candidates for you to bookmark.
This fall, we’re bringing our Counselors' Breakfast to St. Cloud on Nov. 15. Ask questions of admissions representatives from our member institutions and learn what’s happening on their campuses. And, yes, eat some breakfast while you’re at it. Both the event and the parking are free. Learn more and sign up today. (Our spring Twin Cities date will be set soon.)
We’ve updated several of our materials for the 2018-19 academic year. The College Guide is now available for order or download and includes profiles on each of our colleges along with a grid showing their undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations. The majors grid can also be downloaded as a separate PDF.
If you know a student who plans to attend a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university, our Transfer Guide is a handy reference for you to provide some guidance on that.
You or our students also can request information from any of our member colleges using our online request form, which allows you request information from multiple colleges at the same time.
Pre-order Minnesota Private College Week postcards
We are glad to receive pre-orders for postcards about the 2019 Minnesota Private College Week that you can pass out to students. Reserve your copies today, and we’ll send them out to you in January. (You’ll still be able to order copies later.)
Need a quick way to determine whether our colleges offer a certain major, minor or concentration? Our College Finder tool allows you to search for more than 140 areas of study across all our colleges. We’ve also cross-referenced majors across disciplines so, for example, a business major with a marketing concentration will appear under both business and marketing. No need to search twice!
And if you’re looking for varsity athletics, club sports or fine arts offerings, the College Finder has that covered too.
There’s a great deal of talk in the media about whether getting college degree is worth it, but employers rarely question its value — quite the opposite. That results in a financial benefit for graduates and, ultimately, for the state as a whole. Read our recent article on the topic.
Going to college offers a lot of freedom and choices — so much so that first-year students can feel overwhelmed even before they step foot on campus that first day. Current college students can offer invaluable advice — often in hindsight — on how high school students can make the transition to college life go more smoothly. Read their advice.
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.
Bethany student interns in cancer research lab at the Mayo Clinic
Bethany Lutheran College senior Kendra Porath returns to campus this fall after a gaining valuable lab experience at the Mayo Clinic over the summer.
Bethel University team places 2nd in CFA global research competition
A team of four Bethel University finance students tied for 2nd place at the 8th annual Upper Midwest Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge, which was hosted by the CFA Society of Minnesota.
Carleton student wins top honors for his musical performance in China
Gus Holley ’20, a rising junior at Carleton College from Moorhead, Minnesota, became the first foreigner ever to win the gold medal at the Liao Yuan Cup International Pipa Competition.
2018 Saint Ben’s/Saint John’s D.C. Summer Study Program features largest cohort
Twenty-eight College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University students participated in internship opportunities through mid-August.
Recent St. Scholastica grad hopes to combine astrophysics with Ojibwe culture
During her time at The College of St. Scholastica, Winonah Ojanen discovered a research interest at the intersection of astrophysics and Ojibwe culture.
Mock trial returns to Concordia
The mock trial program will be returning to Concordia College (Moorhead), giving students with an interest in law the opportunity to participate in a lifelike court case.
CSP implements test-optional admissions policy
Concordia University, St. Paul has launched a test-optional admissions policy for all incoming undergraduate applicants.
Big Hill Farm grows produce and leaders
After a decade of growth, opportunities on the Gustavus Adolphus College’s student-run farm continue to blossom.
Hamline student awarded Truman Scholarship
Hamline University’s Conner Suddick, a legal studies and social justice double-major, was one of 59 students nationally in 2018 to be named as a Truman Scholar, which awards those pursuing a career in public service.
Macalester student creates "Athletes Against Sexual Violence" program
Ethan Levin, a Macalester College football player, created a program called "Athletes Against Sexual Violence" and was recently profiled in the Star Tribune.
MCAD alum Jurgens interviewed about Superman anniversary
Minneapolis College of Art and Design alumnus and DC comic book artist Dan Jurgens was interviewed by SYFY Wire on the 25th anniversary of the "Death of Superman."
Saint Mary’s dedicates Rochester addition
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota dedicated an addition to its Cascade Meadow facility, which will house its Rochester programs and the graduate portion of a proposed PA program with Mayo Clinic.
Class project brings changes to St. Paul Police policy
Tasked with creating a social justice action plan, three St. Catherine University students looked at police relations with the deaf community.
St. Olaf wins ultimate national championship
St. Olaf College's Vortex won the women’s ultimate Division III national championship with a decisive victory over Bates College.
University of St. Thomas hosts journalism summer camps
The University of St. Thomas’ ThreeSixty journalism program hosted summer camps for high school students with intensive college readiness programming to develop their journalism skills.
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:
Embracing the uncertain, scary future — with a liberal arts degree
The Hechinger Report, Aug. 14, 2018
The 4 habits college students should focus on this year
Forbes, Aug. 23, 2018
Stop saying ‘college isn’t for everyone’
America Magazine, Sept. 10, 2018
11 common FAFSA mistakes
U.S. Department of Education, Sept. 18, 2018
New tool for FAFSA completion
Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 3, 2018