Summer 2017 Parent News
Registration is now open for the 2017 Minnesota Private College Week. Free informational sessions are held twice daily, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4:30 p.m., on all 17 of our campuses June 26-30. These introductory campus visits are a great way for your student to discover what he or she is looking for in a college. We encourage you and your student to visit multiple campuses. When we survey parents and students after the event, nearly half wish they had gone on more visits!
And don’t forget to check out these helpful resources:
- our tips on how to make the most your visit
- directions and parking info for each campus
- transportation options if you can’t or don’t want to drive
- suggestions on how to make a road trip out of it
Our colleges look forward to seeing you this summer!
Ali Carlson studied her first year of college in Iowa, but wanted to make a change. During her original college search, she had noticed a major difference in the size of classes between private nonprofit colleges and public universities and was drawn to the smaller class size. The Farmington, Minnesota native transferred her sophomore year to Concordia College in Moorhead and has never looked back. “For me, because of financial aid, it was more affordable to go to a liberal arts college than a state school,” she said. Read more of Ali’s story.
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.
And each year we recognize students’ research at our spring Scholars at the Capitol event. Read the abstract booklet from this year’s event or from the previous two years to get a glimpse into the types of student learning that occur every day at Minnesota’s private colleges.
Augsburg becomes 'Augsburg University' effective September 1
The change reflects the reality that Augsburg College already offers nine graduate degree programs in addition to its more than 50 undergraduate degree programs.
NYC journalist and professor headlines first journalism symposium
During a Bethel University journalism symposium, former Wall Street Journal writer Paul Glader addressed media literacy and journalism ethics amidst alternative facts and fake news.
Carleton's alumni summit, student contest highlight entrepreneurial ventures
Carleton College’s recent “Entrepreneurs’ Summit” combines alumni mentoring to help burgeoning ideas, nine student teams vie for two $10,000 grants.
Pi Mu Epsilon undergraduate math research conference held at Saint Ben’s/Saint John’s
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University hosted its 38th annual conference for students from Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern North and South Dakota.
St. Scholastica leads in math teacher development
Faculty members at The College of St. Scholastica are reaching out to help elementary and middle school math teachers excel in the classroom.
Concordia receives NSF grant
Concordia College (Moorhead) received a $960,000 grant from the National Science Foundation through the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program.
Gustavus junior wins Goldwater, prepares for summer research at Harvard
Gustavus Adolphus College biochemistry and mathematics major Katie Aney was recently named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar and will research at Harvard through the Amgen Scholars Program this summer.
Hamline receives nearly $1 million grant for science teacher education
Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education was awarded a second grant of $457,000 from the Minnesota Department of Education to continue innovate science teacher training.
Macalester alumna named WCCO-TV Excellent Educator
Macalester College grad Eliza Rasheed uses the theater program at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Upper Campus to teach students how to deal with injustice.
Saint Mary’s announces Mayo Clinic collaboration, $5 million gift, expansion in Rochester
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is collaborating with Mayo Clinic on a new physician assistant program. A related $5 million gift will bring about a Rochester expansion.
St. Catherine students earn national recognition for research project
Three St. Catherine University students will present their collaborative research project at “Posters on the Hill” in Washington, D.C.
Moonlight writer says St. Olaf Choir song ‘shaped his life’
Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney tells Out Magazine that the St. Olaf Choir’s performance of “City Called Heaven” is among 10 songs that shaped his life.
University of St. Thomas School of Engineering adds civil engineering major
The new program will make the University of St. Thomas the only private school in Minnesota offering a B.S. in civil engineering.
Interested in more campus news? View past news items from all our campuses.
The skills gap is actually an awareness gap -- and it's easier to fix
Forbes, Mar. 17, 2017
Weighing college choices? Here are three factors to consider
Washington Post, Mar. 18, 2017
The ideal college education can yield rocket scientists who write poetry
San Diego Union-Tribune, Mar. 30, 2017
Former interns tell how they landed a first job
The New York Times, Apr. 7, 2017
Surfing the 4th industrial revolution: artificial intelligence and the liberal arts
The Brookings Institution, Apr. 11, 2017