Fall 2017 Parent News
Now that fall is here, your student can take the next step in the college search: campus visits. Nothing will help students better imagine what it would be like to live and learn there than visiting campuses. All 17 of our nonprofit private colleges hold visit events for high school students throughout the fall, from September to December — including Oct. 19 and 20, when Minnesota high schools are out for MEA. View our full list of fall visit events with links to more information on each college’s website.
Can’t make it? You always have the option to schedule an individual campus visit. Find links to each college’s visit page.
With so much going on in your lives, it’s easy to miss a deadline. That’s why we’ve compiled the key application deadlines for our colleges in one place. It’s also worth noting that most of our colleges don’t charge an application fee (and there are options to have it waived for those that do).
Not sure which types of materials are required as part of the admissions application for a certain school? We’ve got that covered too. Check out our application requirements list.
Don’t get hung up on the list price. Few students actually pay that thanks to financial aid. Instead, use net price calculators to zero in on a more accurate cost by based on your family’s unique circumstances and finances. All colleges are required to provide one on their website. Find links to each of our college’s calculators.
New to financial aid or need a refresher? We provide a quick financial aid basics rundown on our website. And remember: You can begin filling out the 2018-19 Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) starting Oct. 1.
For college savers: Two changes were made that involve 529 college savings plans. First, contributions of up to $3,000 can now be deducted when filing Minnesota income taxes. The second change helps families with incomes below $160,000; those who save money through a 529 plan will receive a tax credit that reduces a family’s Minnesota tax liability by up to $500.
For current students: Policymakers put $36 million of new funding into the Minnesota State Grant program, which helps one out of four Minnesota college students at public and private institutions.
For college grads: A new tax credit was created for college graduates with qualified education loans and targets borrowers with a high debt-to-income ratio. About 65,000 Minnesotans will benefit from this credit with the average credit expected to be about $414. The tax credit will be available for use when Minnesotans file their 2017 taxes.
Not sure which of our colleges offers which area of study? Use our College Finder tool to search for more than 140 areas of study. And then you can add in a host of varsity athletics, club sports and fine arts offerings to find what you are looking for.
You also can order our 2017-18 College Guide, which has a one page profile on each college as well as program grid in the back that summarizes what is found in the online College Finder.
We worked with some of the student success leaders at our colleges to identify a list of six key tips to help college students — both new and returning —take advantage of all that college has to offer. Check out the list.
We recently featured articles on alumni from our member colleges who have embraced the foodie culture and tapped into the craft brewing movement. Read excerpts to learn how they are leaving their mark on those industries.
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.
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