Summer 2023

Registration has opened for this year’s Minnesota Private Colleges Week, which runs from June 26 to June 30 with sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.  All sessions are two hours in length, except for the joint sessions held by the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, which run three hours. View the session schedule.

We’re not sure which colleges to visit. Where can we learn more about them?

A good place to start is by reviewing the college profiles to learn more. This will give you a good snapshot of the college and provides useful links to the college’s website to learn more.

If your student already has a certain area of study or extracurricular activities in mind, another option is to use our online search tool to narrow down which colleges offer those.

Are we able to visit more than one campus in a day?

Absolutely! All 18 of our members are holding morning visit sessions every day during the event while 15 also have afternoon sessions scheduled. We’ve also compiled some information and links to help you learn more about the communities where each campus is located.

When planning, check our mileage chart to make sure you have enough time to get from one campus to another in the two hours between the morning and afternoon session.

Also review the directions and parking info for those campuses you plan to visit so you can find your way the day of the visit.

How many guests can students bring with them?

Each student can be accompanied by up to five guests. You will be able to indicate the number of guests on the registration form along with each guest's name and the student's relationship with the guest (such as parent, guardian, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, etc.).

What if we don’t have access to a car?

We’ve compiled a list of alternative transportation options (with links) to help address this issue. Keep in mind that most of the options do require making plans ahead of time. Popular rideshare services, such as Lyft and Uber, also might be an option but availability may be more limited in smaller towns. Also check with specific college admissions offices regarding transportation concerns; they might be able to provide some helpful advice.

Students also could check if their friends or classmates are going to any of the colleges that they’d like to visit. They may be able to get a ride with one of them.

What if I still have questions about the event?

Review our frequently asked questions page to get answers to commonly asked questions. You also can reach out to the Council to ask general question at [email protected] or 651-228-9061. (Specific questions about the structure of the visit itself need to be directed to the college.)

What if we can’t visit during Minnesota Private Colleges Week?

No worries! Our campuses hold other group visit events during the summer and offer private campus visits. Our college exploration page provides links to each campus visit page. The Council also offers a group event calendar on the page; new events are added regularly.

Students and families also should watch for fall open houses, especially around MEA time when most Minnesota high schools are closed.