April 2022

Minnesota Private College Week registration opens May 1
Students and families can register for campus visits at any of our colleges during the free annual event, which runs June 21-24 with sessions offered daily.

Commencement dates, details announced
Colleges celebrate their graduates’ achievements with undergraduate commencements that run from May to June. See the list of dates and speakers.

Still time to register for Counselors’ Breakfast
This year’s in-person Counselors' Breakfast will be held May 3 in Minneapolis. Admissions representatives from our member institutions will be on hand to answer counselors’ questions and share what’s happening on their campuses. (Virtual sessions were held in April.)

Minnesota Private Colleges initiative included in new Ithaka S+R transfer pathways playbook
The Council's new transfer effort was featured as one of several examples on how to build an initiative for the development of pathways from community colleges to nonprofit liberal arts colleges.

Updated transfer origins report released
The report summarizes the transfer patterns of students who transferred into Minnesota Private Colleges in 2020-21.

First-time student migration report updated
This biennial report shows the migratory patterns of first‐time students entering in fall 2020. Minnesota continues a longstanding trend of being a "net exporter" of first-time undergraduate students.

Five members receive 2022-23 Military Friendly designation
Five of our member institutions — Augsburg University; Bethel University; Concordia University, St. Paul; St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas — recently earned the 2022-23 designation of Military Friendly due to their student support systems, financial aid data, graduation rates and job placement for military students, actively serving, veterans and dependents.

Minnesota Private College Fund thanks donors
Donors gave $1,359,000 to the Fund in the last fiscal year. As a result, 295 students at Minnesota Private Colleges received scholarships. The list of donors and 2021 financials are now posted.

Minnesota Association of Private College Students holds spring conference
On April 2, the Minnesota Association of Private College Students (MAPCS), comprised of student leaders representing our member institutions, hosted their annual conference. This year’s theme explored the issues of student hunger on campuses and in surrounding communities in addition to an open discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion. Speakers included Adam D. Kay, Director and Co-founder of BrightSide Produce Minneapolis and a professor of Biology at the University of St. Thomas, and Leon S. Dixon Jr., Vice President of Inclusion and Human Dignity at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.