The University of St. Thomas is among the 16 private colleges and universities throughout the state that will offer high school students and their families a free opportunity to learn more about applying for college and financial aid during the seventh annual Minnesota Private College Week from June 26-June 30. St. Thomas hosted 725 prospective students last year.

Each school will host open houses at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. St. Thomas’ open houses will begin with an information session, followed by a campus tour. UST open houses will be held Monday-Thursday in the south end of the student cafeteria, Murray-Herrick Campus Center, and Friday in the third-floor lounge, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

During last year’s event, participating students and families made more than 4,300 campus visits statewide. The number of campus visits made during the week has increased by more than 500 percent since the event began in 1994.

Participating students receive a free passport to be stamped at each of the colleges they visit. Those who visit at least four of the colleges during the week can redeem their stamped passports for three special fee waivers exempting them from the usual application fees charged by participating colleges. The three waivers, worth a total of approximately $75, can be redeemed at any of the 16 participating colleges.

The other participating colleges and universities include: Augsburg College, Minneapolis; Bethel College, St. Paul; Carleton College, Northfield; College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph; College of St. Catherine, St. Paul; College of St. Scholastica, Duluth; Concordia College, Moorhead; Concordia University, St. Paul; Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter; Hamline University, St. Paul; Macalester College, St. Paul; Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis; Saint John’s University, Collegeville; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona; and St. Olaf College, Northfield.

For additional information about Minnesota Private College Week at St. Thomas, call Eric Wood, (651) 962-6156, or contact the Minnesota Private College Council at 1 (800) 774-2655, and register online by clicking here.