September 2014 Parent News
It may sound odd, but with students back in high school, it is a good time to think about what comes next. One way to get teens’ wheels turning is for them to be on a college campus. You can imagine why — visiting in person pushes them to imagine themselves there and think more deeply about just what they are looking for after high school.
Minnesota’s Private Colleges make it easy to plan a visit; you can find visit options at each of them. A couple days to consider are Oct. 16 and 17, a Thursday and Friday when high schools close for teacher professional development, but there are many other dates available as well.
What our nonprofit colleges and universities put together for a visit program will vary; you’ll want to look at the ones you are considering to know what they offer. All typically include a tour, usually with student tour guides (and yes, they often do walk backward and talk at the same time to be able to get everything in that they want to cover). Different breakout sessions may be offered as well, on everything from financial aid to athletics, with admission staff and others from the colleges sharing information and taking questions. Meetings with panels of students as well as chances to sit in classes are other options that may be available.
In case you’re concerned about your role in all this, a visit can be for parents as well as high schoolers. College is a big decision for your whole family, so parents belong on visits too.
The visits you sign up for will have clear start and end times, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend more time on the campus in the nearby neighborhood. After the scheduled program portion of a visit ends, for example, maybe you want to check out the bookstore while your teen hangs out at the campus coffee shop.
And if your visit involves hitting the road, maybe you’ll be looking for a restaurant or some other things to do in the area. We’ve got suggestions on those fronts for you as well.
One way for families to consider their options is to start with our online profiles. And then there’s the College Finder tool, which allows for searches for specific majors — along with the sports and arts interests that are important to your high schooler. (Want to play rugby, be in a jazz ensemble and major in Russian?)
And while getting on campus for an in-person visit is a great way to push ahead with thinking through college options, maybe you or your student wants to start with getting a better look at campuses online. You can start with virtual tours at Minnesota’s Private Colleges.
Game to think about how different the world is today than it was for you growing up? Get ready for the class of 2018 is a short quiz on the mindset of the students starting college this fall.
Summer isn’t just for vacations and summer jobs for our students. It is often a key time to jump into internships that give students real-world work experience, enhance their education and aid their career decisions. Students and career directors share their takes. Read the story, College students discover the value of the summer internship.
Grant aid going to students at Minnesota’s Private Colleges has grown 211% over the last 15 years; the vast majority of that has come from the grants that institutions give.
The growth in funding for grants from Minnesota’s Private Colleges is important to students and families. Nine out of 10 first-year students receive grants that reduce their college costs. The average first-year student at our colleges receives $17,677 per year in grants — financial aid that never has to be paid back. Read more on grants and paying for college.
Wondering about the latest news from our campuses? Here are a few recent highlights (or check out the current campus tweets.
- They made it! 17-year-old high school senior Bethany Catlin and her father Dan biked 780 miles, from Franklin, Ind., to St. Paul, Minn., to visit Macalester College and raise money for arthritis. They arrived Aug. 4 to a rousing group of Mac supporters and the rest of the Catlin family.
- The College of Saint Benedict hosted the inauguration ceremony of Mary Dana Hinton at Sacred Heart Chapel on Sunday, Sept. 21. Hinton is the 15th president to be inaugurated at CSB.
- Carleton College’s Bing Shui '16 (China), a rising junior majoring in biology, is one of 40 undergraduate students accepted into the 2014 Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program, which provides participants with a challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory.
- The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University have been named a "Best Buy School" by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015. Fiske named 44 institutions — 22 private and 22 public — as Best Buys. There are no other Minnesota colleges or universities on the 2015 list.
- Mark Rosenwinkel ’77, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Concordia University, St. Paul, premiered his new play, CURSED, at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival. A long-time member of Minneapolis’ Playwrights’ Center, Rosenwinkel has won numerous awards for his work.
- Twin Cities “millennials,” or those roughly between the ages of 25 and 35, are waiting longer to buy their first home, according to the Shenehon Center for Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas. View the center’s monthly analysis of the region’s housing market.
- St. Olaf College student Rebecca Frank ’14 recently received
- Hamline University undergraduate Kevin Yang’s inspirational commencement speech brought tears to the eyes of the class of 2014 and much of the audience. Watch the speech in its entirety on Hamline's YouTube channel. Kevin is a political science major and urban studies minor from Brooklyn Park and a talented slam poet.
- Joann Bangs was named dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies at St. Catherine University. Bangs had served as interim dean since February 2013. She is a 10-year veteran of the University’s faculty as an associate professor of economics and served four years as the department chair.
- Augsburg College’s East African Student to Teacher (EAST) cohort of 17 students just completed their second semester. The program, which seeks to recruit, retain and license highly qualified students who wish to become K-12 teachers, covers tuition costs toward initial licensure. The program is funded by the Minnesota Collaborative Urban Educator appropriation.