Fall 2019 Parent News
In-person campus visits are an invaluable way to help your student better imagine what it would be like to live and learn on a campus. To make it easier for you to know your visit options, we’ve gathered a list of all the fall visit events at our colleges with links to more information on each college’s website. And if you’re in Minnesota, consider visiting campus on Oct. 17 and 18 when Minnesota high schools are out for MEA.
If none of the visit dates work for your student, you also have the option to schedule an individual campus visit throughout the year. Find links to each college’s visits page.
You’re busy. Your student is busy. And applying to college has many moving pieces, especially when your student is applying to more than one. We want to make that a little easier on you.
First, review our application requirements list, which breaks down what is required by each of our member colleges.
Then check out our application deadlines list. This list identifies key application and financial aid deadlines.
Ready to apply? The deadlines page also includes links to each college’s online application. For most of our colleges, you can apply for free year-round, and there are options to have fees waived.
Don’t forget to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. You never have to pay an application fee to complete the FAFSA.
It’s easy to get hung up on the “list price” that you see on a college’s website, but few students pay that thanks to financial aid. To find a more accurate cost that factors this in, use the net price calculators for any of our colleges.
Did you know that the median income of Minnesota FAFSA-filing families at our colleges — $83,000 — is lower than the median family income for the state of Minnesota, which is $86,400?
And consider this: it also falls within a similar range as the state’s public universities.
- $87,300 at the University of Minnesota
- $83,400 at Minnesota Private Colleges*
- $62,800 at Minnesota State universities
This can be broken down even further into three general income categories:
Source: Minnesota State Grant End-of-Year Statistics Fiscal Year 2018 report, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Note: Uses adjusted gross income, includes only Minnesota residents who file a FAFSA
*The Minnesota Private College Council’s 17 member institutions
With the beginning of fall, it’s a great opportunity to revisit what students at our colleges have been busying about over the summer. Enjoy a photo gallery of campus sustainable efforts from campus farms and gardens (and even beehives) or read an article on summer academic learning and research.
“It’s critical that students are engaged during the summer,” said Andrea Mayer, director of career development at Concordia University, St. Paul. “Whether it’s research, an internship, volunteering or a job — these experiences can be very impactful.”
When you imagine your student in college, you’re probably picturing them living on campus in a traditional residence hall. And while dormitory living helps students connect with each other, the perks aren’t just social in nature. On-campus living also contributes to overall student success. Read the article to learn how.
Trying to find a social media account for one (or several) of our colleges? We’ve got you covered. Check out our college social media accounts list. There’s also a PDF you can download.
If you’re early in the college search process and looking for more general information, then the Council’s social media might be a good fit. Our Facebook page is geared to parents of middle or high school students while our Twitter feed covers a wider variety of higher education topics and news — both local and national. Prefer something more visual? Follow us on Instagram for a sampling of our colleges’ best Instagram images plus a few of our own tidbits about the benefits of liberal arts colleges.
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Augsburg's third River Semester joined by leading German scholars, artists
Augsburg University will be part of a prestigious German initiative to explore the Mississippi River with students paddling portions of the river for 100 days while earning 16-19 credits.
A longstanding internship at the Minnesota State Capitol helps Bethel University students navigate the transition from college into the working world.
Carleton receives national Excellence in Sustainability Award
The award recognizes Carleton College transitioning the college’s 100-year-old steam system to hot-water heating from a centralized ground source geothermal heat pump system.
High-tech collaboration in St. Scholastica’s occupational therapy program
Students in The College of St. Scholastica’s occupational therapy program are using high-tech ideas to help clients, attracting attention from the local media.
Concordia junior earns Goldwater Scholarship
Concordia College junior Andre Schaum ’20, an ACS chemistry and biology major, is one of only 496 students from across the country to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.
Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich named tenth president of Concordia University, St. Paul
Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich, president of Concordia University, Nebraska since 2004, has accepted the call to become the tenth president of Concordia University, St. Paul.
Baring the struggle for climate change justice
Gustavus Adolphus College first-year Nathan Baring is suing the federal government in landmark climate change lawsuit Juliana v. United States.
Intentional admissions process
Hamline University’s admission team has worked intentionally to address the needs of Minnesota’s emerging population demographics.
Two Macalester alumni behind medical app NightWare
The Minneapolis Veterans Medical Center is testing Macalester College alumnus Tyler Skluzacek’s '16 NightWare invented to ease his father’s PTSD. The article quotes Grady Hannah '96, NightWare’s chief executive.
MCAD animation alumni make waves on the small screen
Read how two Minneapolis College of Art and Design alumni scored big by landing new animated shows on Cartoon Network and Netflix.
Dr. Eugene McAllister named interim president of Saint John’s
Former university president, White House official brings diverse background to Saint John’s University.
SMU student success with X Games continues
For the second year in a row, a Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota student received the Overall #IMPACT Award through the X Games Student Work Program.
Summer Scholars showcase 10 weeks of collaborative research
St. Catherine University students and faculty members shared the results of their 10-week collaborative research projects at the Summer Scholars Closing Celebration.
St. Olaf team a finalist in Hult Prize challenge
After winning the Hult Prize regional final in Boston, a team of St. Olaf College students is now among 40 finalists competing for a $1 million prize to support their business idea.
2019 TV broadcast camp at St. Thomas gives ThreeSixty journalism students real-world experience
Future broadcast journalists learn from experienced professionals at the University of St. Thomas ThreeSixty Journalism camp. ThreeSixty is a nonprofit program of St. Thomas’ College of Arts and Sciences.
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:
Admission deans share tips for college applications
Forbes, July 30, 2019
Eight pieces of wisdom for parents sending a child off to college
The Washington Post, Aug. 19, 2019
How to do well (and be happy!) in college
National Public Radio, Sept. 4, 2019
7 things you need before you fill out the 2020–21 FAFSA form
U.S. Department of Education, Sept. 10, 2019
How college changes the parent-child relationship
The Washington Post, Sept. 23, 2019
Don't let college visits break the bank
Star Tribune, Sept. 26, 2019