October 2015 Parent News
Many of our campuses host special fall events and tours for high school seniors and juniors, in particular when school is out statewide in Minnesota on Oct. 15-16. This is a great time for your student to visit and explore which colleges might be the right fit for them. View our campus visit schedule to find out when. Virtual visits are also an option if you are unable to visit in person.
And don’t forget about the National College Fair held every fall in Minneapolis. The Council will have a table in the resource area to answer general questions — and of course we’ll be glad to help you find our campuses’ booths.
Our campuses’ early and priority application deadlines are coming up fast. View our application deadlines page for a quick reference.
Start of school hustle and bustle
The start of a new school year heralds in a flurry of activity. Our 17 campuses know how to spread out the welcome mat to make everyone feel right at home. View a photo gallery of how our schools welcomed students to campus this fall.
Our colleges have a lot to offer when it comes to sports
We’ve gathered sports photos taken during the 2014-15 academic year from many of our campuses. Click through the slideshow to get a taste of the types of sports that our students participate in — and are frequently excelling at.
Our 17 colleges have a lot that’s new on campus this fall, including several new majors. Check out the quick examples we gathered.
Construction starts on The College of St. Scholastica’s Health Science Pavilion
The College of St. Scholastica held a groundbreaking on Aug. 26 to celebrate the start of construction of its new Health Science Pavilion.
Carleton Knights take part in the Green Dot training
Thirty-five varsity student-athletes at Carleton College took part in a nationally recognized bystander intervention program Green Dot, which focuses on training individuals to take action when they see instances of personal violence.
Bethany Lutheran College now offers legal studies major
Bethany Lutheran College announces the addition of a new major and minor in legal studies beginning with the fall semester of 2015.
Saint Mary's First Generation Initiative names new executive director
The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota's First Generation Initiative (FGI) is now under the leadership of Alisa Macksey, who served as interim executive director and regional programs director for the Christian Brothers Conference.
Macalester announces new data science minor
Macalester College’s Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) has announced a new data science minor beginning this fall.
New faculty at Bethel University
Twelve full-time faculty members joined the College of Arts & Sciences at Bethel University, including six Bethel alumni.
Addition to campus organic garden will expand educational use
Work on a new high tunnel (hoop house) began this fall at Cornucopia garden — the campus organic garden at Concordia College, Moorhead — and will extend the garden growing season.
MLIS student at St. Kate’s named national diversity scholar
Edwin Schenk, a Master of Library and Information Science student at St. Catherine University, was selected as a 2015-2017 Association of Research Libraries Diversity Scholar.
Dr. Michael Walcheski of Concordia University selected to NCFR academic program review committee
Dr. Michael Walcheski of Concordia University, St. Paul has been selected to serve as a member of the National Council on Family Relations’ certified family life educator academic program review committee.
Gustavus launches new career readiness and placement tool
Gustavus Adolphus College's career development office recently launched Handshake, a new web-based career readiness and placement tool that will support the college's 2,500 students.
St. Olaf launches Institute for Freedom and Community lecture series
This fall, St. Olaf College's Institute for Freedom and Community will host a series of lectures that aim to foster intellectual inquiry and meaningful discussion of important political and social issues.
The 2015-16 College Guide: A Resource for Counselors can be a helpful tool for families as well; you can download or order a copy too. The guide includes general information about Minnesota's private colleges as well as individual college profile pages and a grid showing majors and minors offered at our colleges.
Or you can focus on our website. There you can find more detailed college profiles on our website as well as our College Finder, which allows you to search by majors along with sports and arts interests.
Parents of high school students are thinking about how to plan, prepare and finance their student's college education. But if you have younger students, you can start earlier than that. Although middle school may seem way too early to begin thinking about college, studies have shown that middle school may be the best time to build college readiness, access and success. Read more on the topic. (Know someone with middle schoolers? Consider passing this on to them.)
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- Off to college: A guide for parents, Inside Higher Education, Aug. 18, 2015
- Why the tech world highly values a liberal arts degree, Washington Post, Aug. 30, 2015
- Why students with smallest debts have the larger problem, The New York Times, Aug. 31, 2015
- Stop saying “college isn’t for everyone”, The Hechinger Report, Sept. 1, 2015
- Why public school may not be the cheapest college option, U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 9, 2015
- Salary isn't the only measure, Inside Higher Education, Sept. 14, 2015
- The most important factor in a college student’s success, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 16, 2015