February 2018 Counselor News
This year’s Minnesota Private College Week will run from June 25 to June 29, with two visit session held each day. Although registration doesn’t open until April 1, it’s good to get the word out early so families can plan ahead. The Council has a number of free resources on our website to help you do this, including:
- postcards you can order and distribute
- flyers you can download, print and hang up in your school
- sample text and a graphic you can use in e-newsletters or on your website
If you’re thinking about bringing a group of students to the event, then our article on coordinating group summer visits might be helpful as you make your plans.
Planning to bring 10 or more students? We’ve created a group visit registration spreadsheet to make it easier for you to register your students. Download the Excel spreadsheet and then submit it directly to the college. (Plus watch for a new document this spring that outlines guidelines and expectations for those chaperoning groups during Minnesota Private College Week.)
With more than 140 majors offered by our 17 member institutions, students aren’t short of choices. We recently highlighted three new majors available in the 2017-18 academic year — electrical engineering (Bethel University), product design (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) and public health (Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota). Read more about these majors.
Our college finder can be used to search for these as well as other areas of studies to help identify which colleges offer which majors, along with athletic and arts program offerings.
Keeping teens and tweens busy, learning or physically active during the summer months can be a challenge, but parents have options! From sports to music to culture camps, our colleges offer a wide variety of summer enrichment programs for middle and high school students; many are offered every year. It’s also a great way to introduce students to a college campus. View our list of programs and then follow the links to more information. Some program have sign up deadlines as early as February or March so please share with families as soon as possible.
ACT and then the SAT’s College Board recently announced that they will offer free test score reports to low-income students taking the tests beginning in September 2018. Students must register for the tests using a fee waiver. Here are some key detail:
- ACT: up to 20 free score reports for each test the student takes with a fee waiver; score reports will not expire.
- SAT or SAT Subject Tests: unlimited free score reports; first-time, domestic college applicants who take the SAT with a fee waiver or meet income-eligibility criteria will also be eligible for unlimited CSS Profile applications.
EDWeek reported shortly after the announcement that the ACT free score reports program does come with a notable restriction: Students who take the test during the school day will not be eligible for the free reports since they are already taking the test for free. In contrast, the College Board’s free report program is open to any income-eligible students taking the SAT.
Congress intends to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year, and that comes with both opportunities and risk for aid programs that students have come to reply on. The current bill in the House would eliminate several existing sources of aid, with low-income students potentially bearing the greatest loss. Overall, the legislation would make college more expensive for more students.
The House legislation has many hurdles to overcome before it becomes law, including the passage of legislation by the Senate where it will require bipartisanship to move forward
The Council has a number of free resources to help counselors — ranging from downloadable photos and infographics to publications to an annual Counselors’ Breakfast each spring. Check out the list on our counselor resources page.
Be sure to also review the list under Related Resources on the left side of the page as well as the full list of resources for you or the families you help.
For senior Hamline University business major Madi Nelson, affordability was a major consideration when choosing where to go to college, but it wasn’t the only factor. “I looked at a few other schools, and one was a little bit less expensive but I felt like I was going to be the most successful at Hamline,” Nelson said. Her work-study job is in the financial aid office also gives her a unique perspective. “I can really relate to students who are applying for financial aid, and I think because I’ve gone through it recently I can better help students who are nervous.”
Learn what’s happening at our colleges with a quick rundown of recent news.
Augsburg's Hagfors Center opened for courses January 8
Augsburg University's largest academic building embodies Augsburg’s commitment to student learning, urban placemaking and thoughtful stewardship.
Bethany looking to the sun for energy
Bethany Lutheran College has moved to purchase some of the electricity it needs through the Community Solar Garden program; the solar farms involved are near Mankato and Waseca.
Bethel student makes history and raises awareness for people with disabilities
Bethel University BUILD student Mikayla Holmgren ’18 became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss USA state pageant.
Lakota Language Initiative at Pine Ridge
Carleton College’s Sydney Botz '19 and Haley Grable '20 interned at the Lakota Immersion Childcare, developing educational curriculum for the next generation of fluent speakers.
Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s ranked among top study abroad schools
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are ranked among the top baccalaureate schools for the total number of students who studied abroad.
St. Scholastica faculty member lends expertise to EPA research efforts
The College of St. Scholastica Professor Jen Maki is playing a key role in a research effort that will help scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency determine how certain chemicals affect living things.
Cobbers compose for Lyra Trio
A Concordia College junior's musical composition will be performed by a music faculty trio. The student was asked to create a piece for the Lyra Trio.
CSP student-athletes achieve outstanding academic success rate
Concordia University, St. Paul student-athletes achieved a four-year 92 percent Academic Success Rate and are one of 32 NCAA Division II institutions to earn the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence.
Gustavus announces $10 million gift from transportation entrepreneur
A gift commitment to Gustavus Adolphus College will support the Nobel Hall of Science expansion and renovation and scholarships for the most talented students.
Hamline plays at new TRIA hockey rink
The Hamline University women's and men's hockey teams have a new home to skate in — one with a panoramic view of downtown St. Paul.
When internships don’t pay, some colleges, like Macalester, will
Dean Mindy Deardurff of the Career Development Center was quoted and Macalester College mentioned in the “Education Life” section of the Sunday New York Times.
Updates from MCAD president Jay Coogan, including election signage
Staff and students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design created the design templates for the election signage used throughout Minneapolis at 125 polling place.
Saint Mary’s launches new online business program
In January Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota launched a master’s degree in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics.
St. Kate's graduate behind monthly "Come Together" prayer service and peace walks
St. Catherine University alumnae Bonnie Steele '07 wants to spread healing, love and hope to neighborhoods across Twin Cities.
St. Olaf ranks No. 1 in study abroad for ninth straight year
St. Olaf College once again sent more students to study abroad than any other baccalaureate institution in the nation, according to the Open Doors 2017 Report on International Educational Exchange.
University of St. Thomas kicks off $200 million scholarship drive, announces $50 million gift for GHR Fellows
The University of St. Thomas has set scholarships as priority one for fundraising with a goal of infusing $200 million in support for students over the next eight years.
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:
FAFSA goes mobile
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 29, 2017
On their way? A portrait of young adults
The Brookings Institution, Dec. 1, 2017
What is college for? (Hint: It’s not just about getting in.)
Washington Post, Dec. 13, 2017
The students who don’t believe college is an option
The Atlantic, Jan. 18, 2018
More Minnesota students are graduating, but how many are actually ready for jobs or college?
MinnPost, Jan. 24, 2018