Winter 2019 Parent News
Not sure which programs or activities are available at our colleges? Try our online College Finder to search for 160 majors and minors plus varsity athletics, club sports and fine arts programs — or mix and match options. And if your student has already identified areas of study or activities of interest, the finder can help narrow down your choices. Search results link to the college’s full online profile, and you can request more information from the college.
Looking for an offline option? Request a copy of our print College Guide, which includes condensed college profiles as well as a program grid in the back that summarizes what is found in the online College Finder.
When Willie Julkes III was a senior in high school he was looking for an opportunity to play football in college and earn an excellent education. As the recruiting process played out, Julkes had a couple options; head to a bigger school and try to make the team as a walk-on or head to a small private college and be a starter.
After college graduation, the path to a career may be clear and linear — a direct route to an identified end goal. But many times, it’s more of a winding path where people need to seize new opportunities as they present themselves. We recently featured several younger alums who balanced staying the course and running with the unexpected.
There are a number of ways students can prepare for college-level work while in high school. Learn about the five main programs that may be available to earn college credit in high school:
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- Concurrent enrollment (College in the Schools, CIS)
- College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
Check with your school or district to learn which are offered in your student’s school.
What our colleges accept
While each of our colleges awards credit or advance placement to first-year students who have participated in dual-credit programs, their policies do differ. Find out which colleges accept what.
Although undergraduates at our colleges already have more than 160 majors and minors to consider, our members regularly add new programs of study to meet emerging needs. This fall, we spotlighted new majors at Bethany Lutheran College (health communications major), Bethel University (mechanical engineering major) and Hamline University (computational data science major).
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Auggie pass provides Augsburg undergraduate students unlimited rides
Augsburg University's student government approved paying for the pass by student fee in a first of its kind partnership between Metro Transit and a Twin Cities college.
Summer construction brings renewal to spaces on Bethel’s campus
Bethel University renovated the oldest dorm on campus and converted other spaces into five new engineering labs and an Office of Military and Veteran Services.
Prof. Barbara Allen receives award for book exploring lies in political advertising
The book recognizes 11 former Carleton College students who worked with Allen on election study.
CSB, SJU communities band together to help Bahamas
A number of efforts were held at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University to aid those impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
Sustainability is a focus on St. Scholastica campus
Stewardship has long been a priority at The College of St. Scholastica, and with a new grant-funded program and a sustainability-related major, it’s now more important than ever.
Students present research in Washington D.C.
Concordia College seniors Alexis Guttormson and Elli Strand presented at the international mammalogy conference.
Building Cultural Bridges Camp celebrates 15 years at CSP
This summer marked the 15th year of the Building Cultural Bridges Camp, which is a two-week camp held at Concordia University, St. Paul’s campus.
Three Gustavus students win national Gilman Scholarship
Three Gustavus Adolphus College students are using the competitive Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Peru, Thailand and Nepal this semester.
Hamline launches comprehensive campaign
Hamline University, Minnesota's first university, announced a campaign to raise $110 million.
Macalester dean and alumna quoted in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Guide
Macalester College Dean Mindy Deardurff and Meera Singh '19, McKinsey & Company, business analyst, were quoted on how colleges are doing more to give undergraduate students a leg up on career planning.
MCAD alumni awarded Minnesota Center for Book Arts Jerome Fellowship
Minneapolis College of Art and Design alumni Sarah Evenson, Jade Herrick and Shun Jie Yong are recipients of this year's prestigious fellowship.
Saint Mary's to dedicate new residence hall
On Oct. 4, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota will host a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new, $6.9 million residence hall on the Winona Campus, Brother William Hall.
Report shows St. Kate’s student voting engagement higher than national average
St. Catherine University has a much higher percentage of voting students than college students nationwide. In 2018, St. Kate’s voting rate was 60.1 percent; nationally it was 39.1 percent.
St. Olaf Orchestra wins the American Prize
The renowned St. Olaf Orchestra, conducted by Steven Amundson, has been named the winner of The American Prize in Orchestra Performance.
St. Thomas promotes sustainability
The University of St. Thomas has announced its first Sustainability Strategic Plan, which identifies goals and action steps to advance the university's commitment to sustainability.
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:
Cheaper, more sustainable dorm decor: Twin Cities colleges set up free stores and swaps
Star Tribune, Sept. 17, 2019
In the salary race, engineers sprint but English majors endure
The New York Times, Sept. 20, 2019
11 common FAFSA mistakes
U.S. Department of Education, Oct. 1, 2019
Students will be able to retake sections of ACT next year — without repeating entire exam
The Washington Post, Oct. 8, 2019
How a liberal arts education can help your career
Inc., Oct. 11, 2019
8 steps to filling out the FAFSA form
U.S. Department of Education, Oct. 25, 2019
Are job skills and an education the same thing?
The Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 29, 2019