Summer 2019 Parent News
Registration is now open for the 2019 Minnesota Private College Week, June 24-28 — with visit sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. This annual introductory campus visits event is an easy, no-pressure way to begin exploring college options to help your student to discover what he or she is looking for in a college. Registration is free and easy.
Why not make make time to visit several campuses during the week? When we survey parents and students after the event, nearly half wish they had gone on more visits!
Resources to help you plan your visits
- tips on how to make the most your visit
- directions and parking info for each campus
- transportation options if you can’t or don’t want to drive
- suggestions on how to make a road trip out of it
If you’re not sure which campuses to visit, consider using our college finder to narrow down which colleges have the programs and activities that might interest your student.
Have questions? Review our frequently asked questions page to get answers to commonly asked questions.
Other summer visit options
If you or your student already have plans for the same week as Minnesota Private College Week, you can still come visit. Many of our campus hold other visit events during the summer — and for those that don’t, you can always schedule a private campus visit. Check out our list of summer campus visit events.
While in high school in Wisconsin, Zechariah Kitzhaber considered both private and public colleges. After talking with his parents, he knew he wanted to go to the college that could make it the most affordable. “Cost was definitely one of the biggest factors when I was picking colleges,” Kitzhaber remembered. “I was mainly looking at larger schools but a few smaller schools too. I didn’t want to go into debt if I didn’t have to.”
He was pleasantly surprised with the financial aid package from the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and opted for the Winona institution.
Each year, more than 10,700 college students come to Minnesota to earn a degree at a private college. And many of them stay. Harry Griffin is an excellent example. Originally from Alabama, Harry came to Minnesota to attend The College of St. Scholastica and was sold on staying after earning his bachelor’s. "I decided to stay in Minnesota because of the variety of job opportunities that are available throughout the state," he said. Read about Harry and four other alums who chose to make Minnesota home after graduation.
Or learn about two young new legislators — Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn of Eden Prairie and Dan Wolgamott of St. Cloud, both of whom came from out-of-state to attend Minnesota private colleges. Find out how their years in Minnesota private colleges influenced their current political careers.
Parents are sometimes surprised to learn that college exploration benefits from beginning early in the middle school years, but studies have shown that middle school may be the best time to build college readiness, access and success. Here are a few things you can do:
- Help your student explore interests and talents and how those might translate into a college major or a career.
- Make sure your student takes challenging classes. These often are prerequisites for getting into honors, AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) classes in high school.
- Identify any areas where your student needs additional help. The earlier you do this, the more time your student will have to get back on track.
- Begin thinking about how you plan to pay for your student’s college education. If you haven’t already started saving, it’s not too late! The middle years still provide you with several years to build a college nest egg.
- Start exploring and researching the different college options that might be suitable for your student. This will save you and your student time later in high school when identifying which campus visits to go on.
The key takeaway is this: What you do now really does pay off later.
The collaboration between faculty and students is at the core of liberal arts education at Minnesota private colleges. College of Saint Benedict senior Rachel Nelson wanted to research whether there were physiological changes to Division III cross-country student athletes over a season, but knew she’d have to get started early. “I wanted to get pre- and post-season readings for my research and the cross-country season actually starts before the fall semester,” Nelson said. “So I had to start my research before classes started.”
And that meant working over the summer to get approval from the institutional review board, according to Dr. Mary Stenson, Rachel’s advisor and associate professor of exercise science and sports studies. Complicating it further, Rachel spent the spring semester of her junior year studying abroad. But her advisor and the college helped her make it work.
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Augsburg wrestling wins 13th NCAA Division III National Championship
Augsburg University's wrestling team claimed a 64-point victory at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Roanoke, Virginia, going 4 for 4 in individual national title matches.
Mock trial team sees first tournament success
Bethany Lutheran College’s newly formed mock trial team travelled to Wheaton, Ill. in February to complete at the America Mock Trial Association regional meet.
Bethel's Society of Physics Students receives national Blake Lilly Prize
Bethel University’s Society of Physics Students chapter was recognized by the national organization for exemplary science outreach efforts in the community.
Carleton's Food Recovery Network expands impact on the community
Carleton College volunteers recovered over 22,000 pounds of food from local businesses and Carleton’s dining halls in fall 2018.
CSB/SJU students present experiential research project findings at Mayo Clinic
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University students help in the assessment of innovative technologies submitted by Mayo researchers.
St. Scholastica leads a collaboration to promote diversity in education
The College of St. Scholastica and community partners have developed their own program within the national "Pathways2Teaching" directive to help marginalized young people explore teaching as a potential career choice.
Concordia speech team places 12th in national tournament
Concordia College’s speech team took home a 12th place finish at that American Forensic Association National Tournament. Leah Roberts took third place for Prose out of 124 competitors.
CSP marketing students compete in National Grocers Association competition
Five Concordia University, St. Paul marketing seniors recently competed in the National Grocers Association (NGA) student marketing competition at the NGA national conference held in San Diego.
Gustavus professor's glacier research featured on BBC
Gustavus Adolphus College geography professor Jeff La Frenierre's revolutionary research on glacial melt and climate change will be featured on BBC's Earth From Space.
Hamline students went around the world for J-Term
From Jamaica to Germany, Hamline University students traveled all over the world through the wonderful J-Term study abroad option.
A Macalester professor and an alumnus named to TIME 100: Most Influential People of 2019
Macalester College English Professor Marlon James, and Fred Swaniker, class of 1999, have both been named to the list.
MCAD alum to paint Governor Dayton's official portrait
Minneapolis College of Art and Design alum Paul Oxborough, an internationally recognized portrait artist, was selected to paint Governor Mark Dayton's official portrait.
Saint Mary's student assists with social media for X Games
Seventeen Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota business students had the unique opportunity to be part of the 2019 Winter X Games Student Work Program.
St. Kate's alumnae, faculty among the 2018 Outstanding Nurses
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine has announced the annual Outstanding Nurses Award winners, and nearly one-third of the winners are St. Catherine University alumnae or faculty.
St. Olaf opens new, high-tech space for nursing program
The St. Olaf College Nursing Department’s new 5,500 square foot facility features two simulation labs, a simulation control room and a multi-bed skills lab.
St. Thomas recognized as Military Friendly School
The University of St. Thomas has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for the second straight year by the Military Friendly survey.
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 will you be? Who will you be?
St. Cloud Times, Feb. 23, 2019
How a college major might be minor
Forbes, Feb. 28, 2019
5 things to know when evaluating a financial aid offer
U.S. Department of Education, April 15, 2019
I might be a helicopter parent in college admission if...
Forbes, April 19, 2019
Keeping the cost of college down
U.S. Department of Education, April 22, 2019
How to make the most out of college fairs
Forbes, April 23, 2019