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2013 Insiders Guide

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2013 Insiders Guide

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North Dakota State University

ndsu.edu • Fargo, North Dakota

» Tuition: Academic year, Minnesota resident basic - $6,708.  

» Type of institution: Public Doctoral Research University

» Our mission: North Dakota State University is a student-focused, land-grant, research university—an economic engine that educates students, conducts primary research, creates new knowledge, and advances technology. The university provides affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked research institution that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment, educating future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges in an effort to shape a better world.

» Distinctions/awards: Recognized as one of the nation’s top public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

» Our reputation: NDSU uniquely combines the commitments to students, community needs, and research. Our students learn from the best.

» NDSU alumni compete successfully, nationally and globally, and are known for having a strong work ethic and working alongside top researchers in their fields.

» One more thing: NDSU combines access with affordability and an academically rigorous, demanding environment within a rich, diverse, supportive community.

University of Minnesota Duluth


» Tuition: $12,756

» Type of institution: Public four-year

» Our mission: Nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, UMD provides nearly 11,491 students with a world-class education. Faculty and staff are dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning and to making the campus a welcoming environment. Founded in 1895, UMD provides an alternative to both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges.  Active learning through internships, honors programs, research, and community service promotes the development of skills, critical thinking, and maturity.  

» Distinctions/awards: Duluth just received a top ranking in the 2012 College Destinations Index by the American Institute for Economic Research for providing a great academic and cultural environment, a good quality of life, and excellent employment opportunities. Our academic programs, teaching tools, and technologies are continually changing to meet the demands of a global society.

» Our athletics program … is both balanced and competitive. The Bulldogs compete in seven men’s and nine women’s varsity sports as members of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Nationally, we belong to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and compete at the Division II level, except for Division I men’s and women’s hockey.

» Our alumni … succeed. Brian Kobilka, a 1977 graduate, received the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry. He graduated summa cum laude with bachelor of science degrees in biology and chemistry.

» Other highlights: UMD knows about the hard work, curiosity, and innovative spirit of UMD’s students, staff, and faculty. We have a new way to say it: “Those who can, Duluth.”

Concordia University, St. Paul    


» Tuition: $19,700

» Type of institution: Four-year private

» Our mission: The mission of Concordia University, St. Paul, a university of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, is to prepare students for thoughtful and informed living, for dedicated service to God and humanity, and for enlightened care of God’s creation, all within the context of the Christian Gospel.

» Distinctions/awards: Higher Learning Commission - North Central Association, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, Minnesota Board of Teaching.

» Our reputation … depends on the success of our graduates in the workplace and world.

» The Concordia community … is responsive to the needs of today’s students and provides real preparation for thoughtful living and service.

» Our alumni … represent the rich cultural diversity of the Twin Cities across disciplines; find success in life, career and service; and value their Concordia education.

» Other highlights: Established in 1893, Concordia is a Christian liberal arts university. With the recent $10,000 reduction of tuition, Concordia is one of the least expensive private colleges in the Midwest and offers generous financial assistance to students with need and merit. The University is also conveniently located in the “college district” of St. Paul, providing students with easy access to transportation, internships/jobs, entertainment and shopping.

McNally Smith College of Music

» Tuition: Approximately $11,000 per semester

» Our mission: McNally Smith College of Music prepares students for a fulfilling future in music by providing a culture of learning that inspires intellectual, creative, and personal development and that enriches our world through their artistry and leadership.

» Unique classes: Areas of study consist of traditional music performance curriculum as well as music technology (music production, audio engineering, live sound), music business, composition and songwriting, the liberal arts and hip-hop studies.

» Our students … come from every region of the United States. Because we are located in the Upper Midwest, more than half of our enrollment consists of residents from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, and Iowa. You may meet students at McNally Smith from countries around the world, though: South Africa, Chile, Venezuela, and Japan (to name a few).

» One more thing: We have wonderful partnerships with local venues and musicians. We recently teamed up with First Avenue, Vita.mn, and Radio K to present New Music Machine—a showcase spotlighting all local college-going musicians, while The Emerging Artist Series showcases McNally Smith students and faculty at The Artist’s Quarter and Amsterdam Bar and Hall. Our on-campus Sound Bite Concert Series has hosted the likes of P.O.S., Chastity Brown, Solid Gold and Motion City Soundtrack, while recent artists-in-residence include Dan Wilson, Dessa and Jeremy Messersmith.

Minnetonka High School        


» Tuition: Free

» Type of institution: College-prep public high school

» Distinctions/awards: Recognized among the Top High Schools in America, by Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the Washington Post. Minnetonka was also named to the 2012 AP Honor Roll by the College Board for increasing AP enrollment and performance.

» Our reputation … depends on academic excellence, inspiring in students a passion to excel.

» The District 276 community … values excellence in education: academics, athletics, activities and the arts. The community is very supportive of its public schools.

» Our graduates … are the visible measure of our success, with an average ACT score of 25.3, 93% are college-bound.

» Other highlights: All freshmen and sophomore students are issued an iPad as their primary instructional tool, replacing many textbooks, novels, notebooks, and paper assignments.

Minnetonka’s specialty programs include the International Studies Program, Fine Arts and Theatre, Project Lead the Way (pre-engineering), International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Advanced Placement and new in 2013: Tonka Vantage - providing future business majors a competitive advantage.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Locations in Minneapolis, Winona, Rochester, Apple Valley, Oakdale, Minnetonka, Wisconsin, and Greater Minnesota • smumn.edu • 612-728-5100

» Tuition: Undergraduate (2011-2012):
Tuition and Fees: $26,750
Room and Board: $7,150

Degree completion and graduate programs vary credit cost by program.

» Type of institution: Four-year private liberal arts plus graduate and bachelor completion programs.  

» Distinctions/awards: U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges – 2011,” Forbes.com (America’s Best Colleges 2011).

» Our reputation depends on … high-quality programming and value, in addition to the belief that everyone should have access to education.

» The Saint Mary’s community is … engaged, community-oriented and dedicated to students and alumni alike.

» Our alumni … are connected, involved in their communities, and constantly giving back with time and energy.

University of St. Thomas

St. Paul and Minneapolis • stthomas.edu

» Tuition: 2012-2013, undergraduate: $33,040; graduate tuition varies by program.

» Type of institution: Catholic, private four-year university awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees.

» Our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.

» Distinctions/awards: Nationally-ranked graduate programs, Gold Leed-certified Anderson Student Center, 2012 NCAA Volleyball Champions.

» Our reputation depends on … our ability to keep our promise of offering an educational experience with outstanding career preparation; our unfailing recognition of the importance of faith and values, and our continued emphasis on service to the community.

» Our alumni … are responsible leaders who stay connected through networking, give back as volunteers to the St. Thomas community and engage students through mentoring, career preparation and educational programs.

» Other highlights: One of the distinguishing features of the undergraduate experience at St. Thomas is the degree to which students are encouraged to carry out innovative research and pursue creative projects in partnership with faculty members through the Undergraduate Research and Collaborative Scholarship Program.

Breck School                                


» Tuition: Including lunch and fees: range from $14,560-$24,995

» Type of institution: P-12 college-prep, coeducational, Episcopal day school

» Distinctions/awards: Second grand prize and fourth grand prize at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, mock trial team finished third in the nation in 2012 after three consecutive years as Minnesota state champions, American Visions Award (Best in Show) from the national Scholastic Art and Writing competition in 2012, national competitors in FIRST Robotics and winner of Minnesota state chairman’s award in 2012, 2012 state championships in girls hockey and boys tennis; state qualifiers in 10 other sports.

» Our reputation depends on … the way our graduates are making our world a better place

» The Breck community is … warm, welcoming, and inclusive.

» Our alumni … were well prepared for college and life beyond.

» Other highlights: Breck has the largest financial aid budget of any school in the state: more than $5 million supports over 23 percent of the student body; we are currently building a brand-new Upper School facility, a project that will be completed by the start of the 2013-14 school year.

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