Fall 2018 Parent News
Nothing helps students better imagine what it would be like to live and learn on a specific campus than visiting it in person. All 17 of our nonprofit private colleges hold visit events for high school students throughout the fall — including Oct. 18 and 19, 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.
And don’t forget about Minnesota’s National College Fair on Oct. 24 and Oct 25 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. All our colleges will be present. The Council will also be in the resource area to answer general questions or help you find our campuses’ booths. (Not in Minnesota? Find a National College Fair near you and then check the list of participating schools to see which of our colleges are attending.)
Still not finding a time that works into your schedule? No worries: You can schedule an individual campus visit. Visit our website to find links to each college’s visits page.
Let’s face it: you and your student are busy and applying to college has a lot of moving pieces. We want to make that a little easier.
If you’re unfamiliar with the types of materials usually required as part of the college application, review our list and then head to our application requirements list, which breaks it down by college.
Next, head to our application deadlines list to identify key deadlines for the colleges that interest your student. The list also includes links to each college’s online application. Few of our member colleges charge an application fee, and there are options to have it waived for those that do.
It’s important to note that you never have to pay an application fee to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
Each of our colleges awards credit or advance placement to first-year students who have participated in dual-credit programs — such as Advanced Placement (AP), Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College in the Schools (CIS) — but their policies do differ. Find out which colleges accept what.
The transition to college is exciting for first-year students, but it can also be stressful. Your student may have a number of unanswered questions or simply be nervous about being on their own. We asked a couple of current students what they thought was important to pass along to the incoming class. Read their responses.
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:
Parents, know thyselves in your child's college admission process
Forbes, May 29, 2018
How to prepare your kids for jobs that don’t exist yet
The Fast Company, June 27, 2018
The 4 habits college students should focus on this year
Forbes, Aug. 23, 2018
New phone-friendly version of financial aid form is coming out
Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2018
3 types of FAFSA deadlines you should pay attention to
U.S. Department of Education, Sept. 12, 2018
The parent’s guide to filling out the FAFSA form
U.S. Department of Education, Sept. 19, 2018