May 2016 Parent News
Registration is now open for Minnesota Private College Week. The free event runs June 20-24 with informational sessions held twice daily, from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 to 4:30 p.m., on all 17 of our campuses across the state. These introductory campus visits are a great way for your student to discover what he or she is looking for in a college.
Also be sure to check out our:
- frequently asked questions
- tips on making the most of visits
- directions and parking info
- ideas and advice on how to make a road trip out of it
Our colleges look forward to seeing you this summer!
Once students get to high school, there’s a lot to remember — and not just about preparing them for college. We’ve created a basic “to-do” timeline on college preparation to help your student.
When Kevin Cook explored his college options, he knew he wasn’t cut out for a big school. Instead, he chose Hamline University because of its smaller class sizes. “I get to know my professors and they get to know me,” he said. An exercise science and chemistry double major, he also appreciates what a liberal arts university has to offer — including opportunities to take classes outside of his majors. Read more of Kevin's story.
Did you know that, according to employers, a student’s major is less important than soft skills like critical thinking, problem solving and communication? Or that a liberal arts education teaches these types of skills? Read insights from the presidents of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Gustavus Adolphus College on how our colleges prepare students for today’s — and tomorrow’s — workforce.
Then check out LinkedIn's field of study tool. It’s a quick and easy way to explore types of career options that a specific major may result in, based on the millions of people who have an account on LinkedIn. To begin, you will need a LinkedIn account. The tool then suggests a field of study based on the information entered in your profile. From there, it will draw on information from all LinkedIn members to generate a list of:
- where people with that major often work
- the types of work they do
- which school they attended
- where they currently live
Want to narrow the results? Click on one or more of the above elements. Want to select or search for a different field of study? Use the "explore more" button. Or enter a keyword in the search box.
Your child doesn’t need to attend a huge university to tackle research projects on a wide variety of topics — from social work to ecology, biology to the classics, nursing to history. Because most classes have fewer than 20 students, our students are able to work closely with professors. This enriches their learning process and overall education. It also helps prepare students for their careers and additional education. Read an article on how small classes and student research build strong ties between students and faculty.
Each year, the Council also holds a Scholars Showcase to celebrate the research efforts of our students. View some photos from this year’s event.
Our students come from families at all income levels. Consider this: the median family income for FAFSA-filing Minnesota students who attend our private colleges isn’t that much different than that of the University of Minnesota or even the state universities. (“Median” simply means that 50% have higher and 50% have lower incomes).
Source: Minnesota State Grant End-of-Year Statistics Fiscal Year 2015 report, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
Note: Includes both dependent and independent FAFSA-filing Minnesota students.
*The Minnesota Private College Council’s 17 member institutions
- Earning a college degree means having skills other workers don’t have
The Hechinger Report, Mar. 10, 2016
- No college degree? That's a growing hurdle to getting hired
Chicago Tribune, Mar. 19, 2016
- The truth about admission decisions: What to do next
Huffington Post, Mar. 31, 2016
- Study: 73% of employers want candidates with this skill
Inc., Apr. 7, 2016
- Invitation to a dialogue: College admissions frenzy
The New York Times, Apr. 18, 2016
- Think about these college questions
St. Cloud Times, Apr. 23, 2016