November 2016 Counselor News
A new counselor recently contacted us asking for guidance on scheduling group visits at our colleges. Although no two colleges have the exact same guidelines or policies for scheduling campus visits for groups, we can offer a few tips to help you streamline the process to make the visit a positive one — for both you and your students.
Which students can I bring?
Because of the high volume of group visit requests that our colleges receive, some colleges limit group visits to students in 11th and 12th grade. Others, however, may be interested in hosting 10th graders, and some colleges may have special visit days for younger students.
How many students can I bring?
Our colleges often limit the size of the group you can bring. This ensures that students will get the most out of their visit. The actual number of students allowed per group visit varies by college. Also be aware that many of our colleges require at least one adult chaperon per 10 students.
When can I schedule group visits?
Most of our colleges require at least two weeks’ notice prior to the requested visit date. The best rule of thumb it to plan as far in advance as possible since it’s not uncommon for colleges to offer a limited number of group visits per term. Also keep in mind that some of our colleges only schedule group visits on certain days of the week or at certain times of the day.
How long will the campus visit last?
Expect the visit to last about two hours. This usually includes a walking tour of the campus and an admission information session. Some colleges may offer additional content programming.
Will the college provide lunch?
Our colleges very rarely provide lunch for group visits. However, some may offer a discounted lunch rate based on the number of people in your group.
Who pays for the cost of transportation?
Transportation must be paid for and coordinated by the group scheduling the campus visit.
What are our parking options?
Many colleges have on-campus parking for buses. However, for those in a more urban setting, parking may only be available off-campus on the street. Be sure to ask about your options.
How do I start the process to schedule a group visit?
The first step is to contact the college. Many have group visit information online or an online form that you can fill out to begin the process; use the college links below. For those without details online, please call or email the admissions office.
- Augsburg College (information at bottom of page)
- Bethany Lutheran College (firstname.lastname@example.org, 507-344-7000, 800-944-3066)
- Bethel University
- Carleton College
- College of Saint Benedict / Saint John's University
- College of St. Scholastica (click on Group Visit)
- Concordia College
- Concordia University, St. Paul (email@example.com, 651-641-8230, 800-333-4705)
- Gustavus Adolphus College
- Hamline University
- Macalester College
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design
- Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (firstname.lastname@example.org, 507-457-1700, 800-635-5987 x1700)
- St. Catherine University (email@example.com, 651-690-8850, 800-656-5283)
- St. Olaf College
- University of St. Thomas
What if someone else is scheduling the visit for me?
In those instances where the person leading the visit isn’t the person actually scheduling the visit, the person leading the visit also should communicate with the college about their itinerary to make sure everything is scheduled and planned accurately.
by Lisa Thompson
Don’t forget to order or download free copies of the 2016-17 College Guide or Transfer Guide. Also available are a poster to accompany the College Guide and a PDF of the majors-minors grid from the College Guide.
Pre-order your 2017 Minnesota Private College Week postcards
Help parents and students plan for next year’s Minnesota Private College Week (June 26-30) by handing out our postcard at school events and meetings.
Postcards will be available beginning in January, but you can reserve your copies now by submitting a pre-order. We welcome pre-orders through Dec. 16. Please compare notes with your colleagues to come up with your best office-wide estimate to meet your needs. (You’ll still be able to order copies of the postcard later, too.)
Can’t remember what the postcard looks like? View the 2016 version online.
Campus visits don’t have to end once the temperatures drop. Many of our college have visit events scheduled after October and into next spring. View our campus visit schedule to learn which colleges are still holding events
And as you know, families can also schedule their own individual visits. We have links to each campuses visit page on our website.
Registration for the 2017 Minnesota Private College Week (June 26-30) will be just around the corner sooner than you think, opening on April 1.
Did you know that most of our colleges hold holiday events — concerts, theater performances and even an art sale — that are open to the public. Many are also free. This is another great opportunity to experience our campuses! See our list of events.
We recently asked some staff at our colleges what advice they would give to first-year and returning students to promote student success. For example, Jen Zuccola, dean of student affairs at MCAD, recommended that students "be prepared to fail. How you respond to failure demonstrates your ability to respond to life." Read all of what we heard.
Our website has profiles on all our colleges along with a college finder tool to search for specific majors, athletic programs and clubs, and activities in the arts. Then if users want to more information on certain colleges, they can fill out our information request form to ask for college information from any or all of our member colleges — without having to go to each college website one at a time.
And don’t forget our free e-newsletter, The Bridge: Parent News, for parents of middle and high school students. It provides useful information on the college planning process — general as well as specific to our colleges — four to five times a year. Past issues along with a sign up to receive the newsletter by email can be found at mnprivatecolleges.org/parents.
Here are some of the best recent articles that we’ve come across:
Don’t trust your friends’ advice on getting into college — and other tips from admissions experts
Washington Post, Aug. 11, 2016
8 Steps to filling out the FAFSA
U.S. Department of Education, Sept. 2016
Ask an economist: How can today’s college students future-proof their careers
The Atlantic Magazine, Sept. 12, 2016
5 important reminders about senioritis
Huffington Post, Sept. 16, 2016
Job wars: Why liberal arts grads are winning
Investopedia, Sept. 16, 2016
10 myths (and realities) of freshman year
Cincinnati Enquirer, Oct. 9, 2016