Why students like Minnesota Private College Week

Minnesota Private College Week is an easy, no pressure way to get started on your college search. It's just a convenient way to check out several campuses in one week.

campus visitHere are comments from high school students who attended the event

(and don't miss the photos and quotes from current college students that are further down the page).

  • "Minnesota Private College Week helped me find my number one school! My mom and I made a trip out of it and we both learned a lot and found that we love Minnesota private colleges."
  • "An overall positive experience."
  • "I had a great time! I felt like the college visit was personal and geared toward me as a student with a future."
  • "I like stress-free college visits; the events were very organized."
  • "This week of touring Minnesota colleges really helped me discover more colleges that are possible schools for me. Thank you for this great opportunity!"
  • "I wouldn't be able to see so many colleges (because of money and scheduling) without this event."

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Angela Linder

Angela Linder

Concordia University, St. Paul ’15, Accounting, Pine City, Minn.

“MPCW is a great opportunity to visit a variety of schools in a short time. When I visited Concordia University, St. Paul, I knew it was going to be one of my top choices because I immediately felt comfortable with the welcoming staff and students on campus. Deciding on a college is a big step for all students, but I found attending MPCW was a great help in making that decision easier.”

Augsburg College ’13, Art History, La Crosse, Wisc.

Kacie Lucchini

Augsburg College ’13, Art History, La Crosse, Wisc.

“Minnesota Private College Week gave me the opportunity to really experience campus. I got a chance to meet current students and faculty members, tour campus and see the Augsburg community at its best. I encountered a warm, welcoming environment and I immediately felt at home. Without MPCW, I wouldn’t have found the college I was always meant to be at! GO AUGGIES!”

Jon Dahl

Jon Dahl

Macalester College '14, Theatre/German Studies, Roseau, Minn.

“For me, MPCW was a whirlwind tour, giving me a chance to sample many of the colleges across the state. Touring at the start of my college process allowed me to zero in on the colleges to explore further. Although classes were not in session it was still possible to get a sense of each college environment; which ultimately led me to my new home.”

Gabi Herrera

Gabi Herrera

The College of St. Scholastica ’13, Marketing/Management, St. Paul, Minn.

“Minnesota Private College Week is a great experience for students. Being an MPCW tour guide was really fun for me because I was able to emphasize St. Scholastica throughout the week. Duluth is great in the summer with lots of fun things to do. There’s the majestic beauty of the lake, Canal Park, hiking trails on campus, delicious treats at Portland Malt Shop and eating at local restaurants. Come and see what Duluth and St. Scholastica have to offer!”

Danny Lindsey

Danny Lindsey

University of St. Thomas ’13, International Business and Spanish, Lino Lakes, Minn.

“MPCW is an awesome opportunity for students to compare a variety of different private schools in a short amount of time. Each school is unique and has its own campus feel. Families always seem to have more questions on tour during MPCW which, if you ask any tour guide, is great because we get to answer the questions that are most important to each individual family!”

Maggie Ellis

Maggie Ellis

College of Saint Benedict, ’16, Elementary Education, Orono, Minn.

"I was very involved in high school activities and didn't have a lot of extra time to go on college visits. Going to the Minnesota Private College Week program at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University was the perfect way for me to get a feel for the academic and social life of both campuses without taking a lot of time out of my busy schedule."

Trish Nguyen

Trish Nguyen

Saint Mary’s University ’14, Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy, Blaine, Minn.

"I love being at a private college in Minnesota. I am a tour guide and it is incredible to showcase the small campus at Saint Mary's University in its beauty during all four seasons, especially in the summer during Minnesota Private College Week."

Ellen Tommerdahl

Ellen Tommerdahl

Bethany Lutheran College ’13, Sociology, Champlin, Minn.

“Minnesota Private College Week is a great way to see multiple campuses in an organized and effective manner. The welcoming campus tours are very valuable to give students a better idea of which college is the best fit. For me, it was a helpful way to compare prospective colleges. I was able to see where I felt the most comfortable and which was the right one for me.”

Kate Caron

Kate Caron

St. Catherine University ’16, Pre-Medicine, Eden Prairie, Minn.

“I used Minnesota Private College Week as a stepping-stone to begin my college exploration. Having similar programs at all the private colleges made starting the college visit process a lot less overwhelming and made it easy for me to compare schools. It was easy to sign up for visits, all the campuses were very friendly and welcoming, and everyone knew why we were on campus.”

Haley Denne

Haley Denne

Saint Mary’s University ’16, Nuclear Technology, White Bear Lake, Minn.

"I liked private college week because it gave me the time and opportunity to see what schools had to showcase. I was drawn to the close-knit community with the variety of science majors at Saint Mary's."

Kyle Kvamme

Kyle Kvamme

Hamline University '16, Political Science and Communication Studies, Centerville, Minn.

"Attending MN Private College Week before my junior year was the start to my college search. It was my first opportunity to see different colleges and compare campus atmospheres. I visited two colleges during MPCW including Hamline; I knew I wanted to apply right away."

Hannah Buchl

Hannah Buchl

Carleton College ’16, undecided major, Kasson, Minn.

"Carleton found a place in my heart during my first visit to campus as part of my MPCW experience, and has truly become an even bigger part of who I am since then. One of the most memorable parts of MPCW was hearing stories about Schiller, ultimate frisbee, and traying — a few favorite Carleton campus traditions. The beauty of the arboretum, combined with committed professors, enticing class discussions, and a welcoming and diverse student population make Carleton a truly unique place to study. I wouldn't want to have my college experience anywhere else."

Ashley Thompson

Ashley Thompson

Concordia College ‘16, Public Relations and Spanish, Oakdale, Minn.

"MPCW helped me understand what makes a private school different from a public school, which, in the end, became my preference in colleges. It also helped me compare the different schools easily because they were presenting the same information in a similar way. Being able to see all the colleges I wanted to in one week kept them fresh in my mind — helping me choose a campus where I feel comfortable and happy."

Mike Rose

Mike Rose

Concordia College '14, Biology and Chemistry

"Choosing Concordia gave me the opportunity to flourish as a science student and athlete. I've enjoyed a great community at college, played a key role on a great baseball team and was accepted to multiple medical schools. From my first campus visit through today the community has supported me 100%, helping me accomplish things I could have never done alone."

Paige LaQua

Paige LaQua

Concordia College '15, Psychology/Sociology, Plymouth, Minn.

"I loved seeing schools during Minnesota Private College Week because I was able to compare and contrast them in a short amount of time. Since all of the school are very similar, it was nice to visit them closer together to be able to differentiate what I wanted in a school."

Kara Hallberg

Kara Hallberg, Kandiyohi

Started at St. Olaf College in fall 2011

"I was immediately impressed with St. Olaf, the first college I visited during MPCW. I wanted to make sure I didn't have similar feelings about other colleges, though, so I visited a couple more that same week. Comparing schools based on how they appealed to me during MPCW greatly aided me with my ultimate decision of where to apply and enroll."

Bailey Halligan

Bailey Halligan, Glencoe

Concordia University, St. Paul '13

"Attending MPCW allowed me to see all of the private schools on my dream list. It was extremely helpful and made my decision to attend Concordia University, St. Paul much easier. I would recommend this event to anyone who is interested in attending any Minnesota private college."

Nick Elfering

Nick Elfering, Burnsville

Saint John's University '13

"As a college student looking back to the hard decision of choosing a school, MPCW was very helpful. It gave me the opportunity to see many schools in the same week and compare what I liked and didn't like about each. Choosing where to invest my money over the next four years was tough; MPCW helped make the choice a little easier."

Xuan Pham

Xuan Pham, Minneapolis

Started at St. Olaf College in fall 2011

"Minnesota Private College Week really solidified my decision to attend St. Olaf College; the staff and students were extremely friendly and had great pride in their school. I recommend all high school students attend MPCW to start their college search or get a last look at their top choices."