Explore student research at our colleges, and discover how we recognize it each year.
Many people think that student research happens only at large public universities, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Because most of our classes have fewer than 20 students, students at our colleges are able to work closely with faculty on projects covering a breadth subjects — from philosophy to nursing and chemistry to operations management.
Learn how our private colleges compare to the publics in the percent of women who earned a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline.
In 2015-16 academic year, women earned 45 percent of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in STEM disciplines at our institutions. That’s compared to only 35 percent at the University of Minnesota and 30 percent at Minnesota State universities.
Find out why private college students' interaction with profs in and outside the classroom matters.
Walk into the economics department at Macalester College and you’ll find plenty of students stopping by. Senior Ellie Fuqua is one of them; she describes how professors keep their doors open and students are always coming in to talk. “Sometimes I take it for granted and I need to pull back and realize the fact I can go into my professor’s office and talk with her for an hour is not normal, or it wouldn’t be at a big school.”
Explore the impact that small classes have on student learning at Saint Mary’s when combined with faculty interaction.
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. At Minnesota’s Private Colleges, students know they are more than just a number. Most classes have fewer than 20 students and nearly 99 percent have fewer than 50 students. We often hear about these small class sizes — but what exactly does it mean for the student?
Physician assistants are expected to help with what ails health care in the years ahead. But for Minnesota’s growing number of programs — all at private colleges — lining up clinical settings can be a challenge.
Hospitals and clinics are increasingly eager to hire physician assistants. But the irony is that those same health care employers can have a hard time making room for the students training to be tomorrow’s physician assistants when they need on-the-ground learning. The opening of new programs will push this issue to the fore, as more colleges work to find and keep the clinical placements they need.
“There’s a bottleneck and it’s getting tighter,” said Penelope Moyers, dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health at St. Catherine University.
Students at our colleges receive a foundation in the sciences as part of a liberal arts education. See what’s unique about our efforts and the impact on two students.
Having grown up reading National Geographic, Maggie Malone-Povolny always liked science. But when she took a chemistry class in high school, she knew that it was “the right kind of science” for her. Now a sophomore chemistry major at the University of St. Thomas, she has loved every class she’s taken in the subject. “I like all the applications of chemistry. I like how it always works out the same way. It’s a perfect science,” she said.
Academics don't always end when summer arrives. Whether students want to get ahead by taking a few extra credits, do research or study abroad, many are going to be busy.
For many students at Minnesota's Private Colleges, academics don't end when summer arrives. Whether getting ahead by taking a few extra credits on campus, logging into an online class or completing an intensive summer research or study abroad experience, many students are going to be busy this summer.
One part of the decision about where to apply for college is based on the strength of programs in a student's area of interest. Three examples from Minnesota's Private Colleges illustrate what families can look for.
When students and families begin looking at colleges, the goal is to
find a college that’s a good fit. One part of the decision about where
to apply is often based on the perceived strength of programs in
students’ areas of interest. But families may well be stumped on whether
a department or program is strong.