Spring 2019 Parent News
Get a jump start on your campus visiting by attending a spring event. We’ve compiled a list of events at our colleges with links to more information.
If none of those dates work into your student's schedule (or yours), you have options!
- Your student can schedule individual campus visits. Simply head over to our college campus tours page and use the links to each college’s visits page under "Make arrangements."
- Use Minnesota Private College Week to see several colleges in one week. This year’s event is June 24-28 with sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Our colleges offer a variety of summer programming options that help teens stay physically active, learn something new or expand their current knowledge or skills during the summer months. Many programs are offered each year, and it's a great way for them to get comfortable with being on a college campus and seeing themselves there in the future.
Some programs have early deadlines in February or March while others fill up quickly so don't delay. View our list of programs and then follow the links to more information.
With spring not too far off and the end of the school year following soon after, now is the time to think about whether you want to work Minnesota Private College Week into your summer schedule.
The annual five-day campus visit opportunity is held the last full week of June — with this year’s event running from June 24 to June 28. Visit sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; you choose if you want to attend one or more. Registration will open on April 1.
If you're new to the week, you probably have questions. Check out our frequently asked questions page to learn more. If your question isn’t covered there, please feel free to reach out to the Council at 800-774-2655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also be sure to read what past students and their parents have said about Minnesota Private College Week. If you or your teen prefer videos, check out the videos produced by students at our colleges. Although that dates of the event change each year, the students' enthusiasm does not.
So you've probably heard different things about private colleges over the years — from friends, in the news or on social media — but is any of it accurate? Let's tackle four common myths that make the rounds each year.
Private college students only come from wealthy families.
FACT: The reality is that students who attend our 17 colleges and universities report family incomes at every level and the income breakdown is actually very similar to those for Minnesota's public universities. That’s possible because 95 percent of our first-year students receive grants and scholarships, which never have to be paid back. Try out our colleges' net price calculators to see how much aid your student might be eligible to receive.
My student’s GPA or ACT/SAT score isn’t high enough to get into a private college.
FACT: It’s important to realize that a wide variety of factors are used when colleges are looking at admitting students. It’s not just about GPAs and test scores. Plus, how student GPAs and test scores are taken into consideration and how much weight they are given differ among our colleges. There is a private college that can work for your student. Plus, several of our colleges are test optional, which means students don’t have to submit ACT/SAT scores when applying.
Liberal arts institutions don’t focus on science or math.
FACT: Not only do our colleges focus on the sciences and math along with the humanities and social sciences, but they award:
- 49 percent of at all physical science bachelor’s degrees awarded in Minnesota
- 44 percent of all nursing bachelor’s degrees awarded in Minnesota
- 35 percent of math bachelor’s degrees awarded in Minnesota
- 33 percent of all biological science bachelor’s degrees awarded in Minnesota
So if your student loves math and science, then they'll find a home at one of our colleges.
Liberal arts degrees are not marketable to employers.
FACT: Our colleges provide a collection of experiences that help graduates become career ready. Employers seek the knowledge and skills our graduates have and value liberal arts degrees. In a 2015 survey, more than eight out of 10 employers said students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts. Our students graduate with ‘transferable’ skills vital to thriving in today's rapidly changing workplace, including:
- critical thinking
- analytical problem-solving
- excellent communication
- ability to contribute to team environments
What's more, private colleges also support students through strong alumni networks, job fairs and career services.
Whether it’s NCAA Division II and Division III, our colleges and universities never lose sight of the “student” in “student athlete” and help students maintain a healthy balance between those two competing pursuits. For those students looking for something outside varsity athletics, club sports offer another way for students to compete against different colleges. Plus there are a wide range intermural opportunities for students on the same campus to compete.
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Record five African-American female athletes start basketball game
Augsburg University athletes made history by having five African-American female starters at a college basketball game in Minnesota.
Bethany media arts senior connects in Los Angeles
Bethany Lutheran College senior Sam Shubert spent his fall semester studying at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center with faculty who are working professionals and experts in their field.
Bethel athlete makes top 30 for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
The NCAA recognizes student-athlete Annika Halverson ’18 from Bethel University for her accomplishments in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
Carleton launches $400 million campaign with momentum from $50 million gift
Carleton College has embarked on a comprehensive campaign designed to sustain its academic excellence, safeguard its historic strengths and further invest in a promising future.
CSB and SJU ranked among top baccalaureate schools for number of students who study abroad
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are ranked No. 2 among baccalaureate schools with 365 students who studied abroad in mid-length study abroad programs.
St. Scholastica starts National Center for Computer Science Education
The College of St. Scholastica has created the National Center for Computer Science Education, which helps create equitable computer science education opportunities for all K-16 students and educators.
Cobber grads receive scholarship from ELCA
Six Concordia College (Moorhead) graduates received the full-tuition Fund for Leaders Scholarship from the ELCA to attend seminary.
Concordia announces eSports as 17th varsity athletics program
Concordia University, St. Paul associate director of athletics Regan McAthie announced CSP will officially endorse a varsity eSports team, beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.
January class explores intersection of culture, the self, and agriculture
Students at Gustavus Adolphus College learned inside and outside the classroom in a unique January Interim Experience course taught by a local organic farmer.
Hamline mock trial team takes a turn at teaching
The Hamline University Mock Trial program affirmed the benefits of strong arguments, preparation and teamwork when they shared their knowledge and experience with deaf and hearing-impaired high school students.
Macalester grad goes home to Mexico to fulfill childhood dream
Star Tribune story about Macalester College alumni Cuauhtemoc Cruz Herrera highlights how he is using his love of math to help others.
MCAD alumni's new animated series premieres on Cartoon Network
Minneapolis College of Art and Design alumni Andrew Koehler '04 and Benjamin Martin '04 premiere their new animated series “Tigtone” on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
Saint Mary's unveils baseball clubhouse
On Jan. 15, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota unveiled its new $704,000 baseball clubhouse, made possible through generosity of alumni athletes.
Maakwe Cumanzala '19 is a finalist for the 2019 Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholarship
A St. Catherine University student is a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship program. Maakwe Cumanzala ’19, an international student from Zimbabwe, is majoring in economics and mathematics.
St. Olaf ranks No. 1 in study abroad for 10th straight year
St. Olaf College once again sent more students to study abroad than any other baccalaureate institution in the nation.
St. Thomas turns waste into sustainability
The University of St. Thomas is reducing food waste through the Food Recovery Network, which donates unused food from dining services locations to local charities.
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:
Studious friends and roommates might lead to higher grades in college
The Hechinger Report, Nov. 12, 2018
Can tech and the humanities exist side by side? Can they afford not to?
Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2018
Survive the college application waiting game with tried-and-true tips
U.S. News & News Report, Dec. 3, 2018
How to deal with a deferral or denial of admission to college: Change priorities
Forbes, Dec. 13, 2018
A multiple choice test: Will 10 APs get you ready for Yale? Yes? No? Maybe?
Washington Post, Dec. 21, 2018
Why students don't fill out the FAFSA
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 14, 2019