Winter 2017 Parent News
There are many ways that high school students can prepare for college-level work and even earn college credit while in high school. In Minnesota, that includes Advanced Placement, concurrent reenrollment programs like College in the Schools, the College-Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate and Post-Secondary Enrollment Options.
It’s always up to individual institutions to determine which opportunities qualify for credit when the student is accepted; many Minnesota private colleges recognize these programs and their exams as ways to earn credit and thus complete degrees faster. Check out our summary of what our individual colleges recognize and accept. This info is also available for download as a handy PDF for offline viewing.
Have a student taking classes through Post-Secondary Enrollment Options? Be sure to check out Transferology to see how specific classes might transfer.
If you and your student decide to explore these options, remember that not all the college credits earned in high school will transfer to every college. And even when they are accepted, each college may treat that credit differently.
Plus, encourage your student to keep the class syllabi. This can help when colleges are trying to determine whether to accept the credit.
Most steps to preparing for college begin long before your student’s senior year of high school. And starting early gives means you and your student have the most options and flexibility.
Middle school is a great time to begin the college conversation and place your student on track for success later — in both high school and college. We’ve prepared helpful information to get you started. Still think it’s too early for the college talk? Read more on the topic.
High school students juggle a lot these days, even without factoring what comes after graduation. Check out our “to-do” college prep timeline to help stay on track. Also review the recommended classes to help your student prepare for college.
You probably already know that writing is often required when students apply to college, including for over half of our colleges. What is less well known is that the substance of the piece — your student’s reflection and authenticity — matters far more than how well it might be written. That’s not to say that students shouldn’t take care to polish their essay or personal statement, but it can help the college understand what motivates the student, beyond test scores and lists of activities. Read the advice from a college counselor and a college admission officer.
There’s a lot of information out there about how to choose a college, but it really comes down to value. That word covers a lot of ground: the quality of education; the variety of academic and extracurricular options; the knowledge and skills gained for one’s chosen career path; the sense of community on campus, and so on — and of course value for your money is tied to all of these. So when families are weighing their choices, they’re looking for the right mix of opportunities, and each year thousands of families find that at one of our 17 colleges. Explore some of the reasons why.
Work study is most often awarded as part of a financial aid package, which may also include grants, scholarships and loans. It allows the student to earn money for college through an on-campus job, although some campuses might also provide off-campus opportunities. But work study offers more than just money. Learn how work study contributes to student success both during and after college.
Augsburg senior Maria Cruz grew up in and out of homelessness. A double major in political science and international relations, she was approached by her advisor about an opportunity to do a community service project. Cruz knew exactly the community she wanted to work with — homeless women. Read more about Maria and her project.
Craving more info about our colleges or the college progress? Our Facebook page is geared to parents of middle or high school students while our Twitter feed covers a wider variety of higher education topics and news — both local and national. More into photos? Follow us on Instagram for a sampling of our colleges’ best images and a few of our own tidbits about the benefits of liberal arts colleges.
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Augsburg hosts 29th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum
Nobel Peace Prize laureates and world leaders convened at Augsburg University with students and local peacemakers for this international event focused on building dialogue in divided societies.
Bethel physics and engineering space expanded and renovated
A renovation and expansion of Bethel University’s physics and engineering space puts science on display and highlights one of Bethel’s largest and most renowned departments.
From liberal arts to making a living
The Chronicle of Higher Education featured Carleton College’s scholars career center program, which helped Tianna Avery ’19 rethink her plans for medical school.
Saint Benedict graduate wants to change narrative of how city, state describe themselves to others
Brenda Kyle, College of Saint Benedict class of 1986, began new job as president and CEO of Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 1.
St. Scholastica graduate social work program awarded $1.3 million grant
The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded $1.33 million by the federal government to offer stipends to graduate clinical social work students committed to working in behavioral health in rural settings.
CSP recognized as a top college for adult learners
Concordia University, St. Paul is ranked third nationally by Washington Monthly in the 2017 Best Colleges for Adult Learners category.
Individuals, communities transformed through Gustavus public discourse class
Gustavus Adolphus College's communication studies program celebrates 10 years of Public Discourse, a course that connects students with hands-on projects in the community.
Career-ready science at Hamline
Through Hamline University’s Initiative for Professional and Academic Liaisons (HIPAL), students prepare for professional careers throughout their time as undergraduates with specialized career development resources.
Macalester gets a shout-out for creating entrepreneurs
Kate Ryan Reiling ’00 heads Macalester College’s entrepreneurship program with real-world experience building a business and empathy for the needs of an entrepreneur.
Permanent gallery for The Saint John’s Bible opens at Saint John’s
Gallery in the lower level of Alcuin Library at Saint John’s University will exhibit original folios from the seven volumes.
Saint Mary's partners with Sanneh Foundation
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Graduate School of Education is partnering with the Sanneh Foundation to provide licensure pathways for Dreamline coaches in the areas of special education and ESL.
St. Kate's project to reduce stigma for children with disabilities
St. Catherine University professors Mary Hearst and Paula Rabaey are working to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities in Kanyama, Zambia.
St. Olaf chef showcases award-winning food
Executive Chef Matthew Fogarty stopped by WCCO-TV to provide a taste of why St. Olaf College regularly makes national 'Best Campus Food' lists.
New veteran’s resource center opens at St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas aspires to become the most veteran-friendly campus in the upper Midwest.
Interested in more campus news? View past news items from all our campuses.
Liberal arts education prepares you for life in a rapidly changing world
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 25, 2017
Yes, your kid will do something with that philosophy degree after all
Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2017
One more application lever prospective college students can pull: ‘demonstrated interest’
MinnPost, Oct. 23, 2017
Digitalization and the American workforce
The Brookings Institution, Nov. 2017
Six myths about choosing a college major
The New York Times, Nov. 3, 2017