Spring 2020 Parent News
College campuses host visit events in the winter and spring. Checkout our list of events with links to more information.
If you’re still not finding one that works for your student, don’t forget that you also can schedule individual campus visits. Simply head over to our college campus tours page and use the links to each college’s visit page under "Make arrangements" to find available dates and times.
You want your child to be engaged (and busy!) in the summer, and our colleges have a wide variety of options where teens can be physically active, learn something new or expand their current knowledge or skills. View our list of programs and then follow the links to more information Some programs fill up quickly while others have early deadlines in February or March so don't delay.
Bonus: it's a great way for students to get comfortable with being on a college campus and imagining themselves there in the future.
With spring just around the corner, it the prefect time to check whether Minnesota Private College Week might work with your summer plans. The annual a five-day campus visit event will be held June 22-26 this year — with registration opening on April 1. Visit sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.
The map below provides a general idea of where each of our campuses is located. (For specific locations, visit our Google map.) Thinking about visiting two campuses in a day? Check out our mileage chart of distances between campuses.
If you haven’t been to Minnesota Private College Week before, you probably have questions. We’ve answered the most common ones on our FAQ page. If you’re not finding the answer you need, please reach out to the Council at 800-774-2655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other summer visit options
Summer schedules can be a tricky thing, and it may turn out that Minnesota Private College Week doesn’t work with yours or your student’s. You still have options:
- Schedule a private visit. Our college campus tours page has links to each college’s visit page under "Make arrangements."
- Most of our campuses host other visit events during the summer. Watch this newsletter for announcement of other summer events or head directly to a college’s website.
Thousands of our students receive scholarships and grants that make attending private nonprofit college possible. We recently profiled three students who received scholarships through the Minnesota Private College Fund, which provides scholarships to nearly 300 students each year.
High school students who go to community college before transferring to a four-year institution do so for any number of reasons. Maybe it’s to be closer to home or maybe it’s to better prepared academically. Regardless of the reason, going to a community college first can be the right path for a student, but making the next jump to a four-year college can be tricky. The key is to make a plan as early as possible.
Students who graduate from one of our 17 private nonprofit colleges graduate ready for careers, grad school and to contribute to the vitality of our state and the nation.
#1 and #2
Our colleges’ graduation rate ranks first in Minnesota and the Midwest — and second in the nation. That means our students start careers sooner.
The median income of our alumni working in Minnesota five years after graduation is $58,900.
The average return on investment for undergraduate students at our colleges is $1 million; this takes into account both education costs and 40 years of future earnings.
Seventy-two percent of recent graduates stay in Minnesota, strengthening the workforce and tax base.
What’s more, a liberal arts education prepares graduates for an ever-chancing workplace thanks to:
Liberal arts teaches critical thinking, analytical problem-solving and communication skills that allow graduates to adapt quickly to new situations.
Our student graduate with knowledge in a variety of areas as well as in-depth knowledge in their majors. This fosters life-long learners who continue learning and growing professionally throughout their careers.
Through a wide array of opportunities — from student organizations, sports teams, theater productions and musical group, our graduates leave school with leadership experience, confidence and able to relate well to others.
Learning beyond the classroom
Through internships, experiential or service-learning and study abroad, our students gain real-world experiences that develop cultural competencies and prepare them for diverse and global workplaces.
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Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Urban Adventure is moving to Augsburg University and will become Urban Investors
Through Urban Investors, Augsburg University student fellows will learn how they can have a constructive part in improving economic conditions in urban neighborhoods.
Bethany students get high profile experience
Bethany Lutheran College’s award-winning, student-run production studio will be producing two live college hockey games for Fox Sports North in the coming weeks.
Bethel student named to the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
Offensive lineman Danny Munoz '20 is one of 13 total Bethel University Royals to receive the national award, and the seventh consecutive winner.
Cooke Foundation awards partnership grant to Carleton College Summer Liberal Arts Institute
This partnership will provide support for up to 15 full summer program scholarships in the first year, enabling talented high school students to attend Carleton College’s summer programs.
Open Doors 2019: Report finds study abroad remains a signature program at CSB and SJU
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are ranked in two categories nationally among baccalaureate schools.
Acclaimed author Tommy Orange visits St. Scholastica
First-year students at The College of St. Scholastica learned about the creative writing process from best-selling novelist Tommy Orange during his recent visit to campus.
CSP welcomes the Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich
The Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich officially began his tenure as the 10th president of Concordia University, St. Paul on Jan. 1, 2020.
Renowned Civil War historian creates endowed professorship at Gustavus
Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian and 1958 Gustavus Adolphus College alumnus Dr. James McPherson recently endowed a new professorship in American History at the College.
Students named to Governor’s Young Women’s Cabinet
Hamline University students Calonna Carlisle, Mariana Cervantes and Evelyn Humphrey are the latest Pipers to be named to Governor Walz’s Young Women’s Cabinet.
Macalester alumnus new book filled with advice and stories for his children
Tim O’Brien, who graduated from Macalester College in 1968, told TIME magazine he hopes Dad’s Maybe Book will serve as an ongoing expression of love for his sons.
Inspiring MCAD student creates unique art with her feet
Sonia Boyer, a current student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, spoke with WCCO about creating artwork with no arms.
Saint Mary's alumna successful on 'Shark Tank'
Amber Leong, who earned her MBA at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, reeled in a $750,000 investment in her bright light therapy lamps on ABC's "Shark Tank."
St. Catherine University announces founding cohort of KARE scholars
St. Catherine University announced its founding cohort of KARE Scholars: six students dedicated to advancing health equity in the broad field of longevity and aging.
St. Olaf focuses on the importance of internships
Internships allow St. Olaf College students to test drive careers while sharpening their skills, defining their interests and applying classroom knowledge to the real world.
Full rides to med school: Three AFROTC cadets earn prestigious scholarships
Three AFROTC cadets from the University of St. Thomas were selected to receive full scholarships for medical school through the Air Force Health Professions program.
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:
What matters in college admission
Forbes, Nov. 20, 2019
Six caveats when using the college scorecard’s new program of study data
Forbes, Nov. 21, 2019
In defense of English majors (and every other kind)
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 2, 2019
Liberal arts align with employer needs
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 7, 2020
College students are studying the ABCs of adulthood
Star Tribune, Jan. 7, 2020