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‘U’ Getting More Selective Amid Record Number Of Applicants

University of Minnesota admissions representatives report the Big 10 School saw a record 44,000 applicants in the last year heading into this fall semester. The university reports there has been an upward trend most years for the past decade.

07/25/2014

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Movie Blog: ‘Ivory Tower’ Review

To say something is seriously wrong with the cost of college – and mountain of debt piling atop the backs of America’s young people – is to state the obvious. Andrew Ross, the director of Ivory Tower, understands this. Instead of just saying “Guys, we’re in a hell of a pickle here,” his documentary gives us a road map as to how we got to this place and tries to decipher, through the fog of unrest and a forest of blinking technological light bulbs, what our possible options are to move forward. Don’t get me wrong, though: Ross doesn’t hint at a savior. The reason, after all, this is such a big mess is that no one has the knowledge, or will, to fix it. Still, it’s a given things are bound to change pretty soon. Everyone, it seems, agrees on that.

07/11/2014

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Entire Graduating Class From Mpls. High School Will Go To College

An entire graduating class from one Minneapolis high school are all heading on to continue their education. All 47 seniors from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School will be attending two or four year colleges next year. Since opening in 2007, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School has had 162 graduates with 70 percent of them enrolled in college.

06/14/2014

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Minnesota Narrows Final Four Bid To 2019 Or 2020

Minnesota wants to follow up its 2018 Super Bowl host duties with an NCAA men’s basketball Final Four in 2019 or 2010. State, business and sports leaders led appeared Tuesday with Gov. Mark Dayton to describe their push for college basketball’s biggest weekend.

06/03/2014

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UND Students’ ‘Siouxper Drunk’ Shirts Denounced

The University of North Dakota is taking heat over shirts students choose to wear over the weekend which some are calling flat-out racist. A group of students photographed themselves wearing the shirts and posted them online.

05/13/2014

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Vikings: Studwell Steps Down As Scouting Director

Minnesota Vikings college scouting director Scott Studwell has resigned from the position he held for 12 years, stepping back to a different role in the front office. The Vikings confirmed Monday that Studwell will be replaced by Jamaal Stephenson, who has been the assistant director of college scouting since 2009.

05/12/2014

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UW Students Launch Petition To ‘Jump Around’

University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates think they’re the cream of the crop and will rise to the top — and they want to hear it one last time. The school’s 2014 graduates have launched an online petition demanding campus officials play “Jump Around” during graduation at Camp Randall Stadium on May 17.

05/09/2014

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Hey College Grads, Here’s What Not To Do In A Job Interview

In a couple of weeks, college students will be graduating — and hopefully interviewing — for jobs in their chosen fields.

04/30/2014

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Survey Ranks Twin Cities High For College Attainment

A new survey ranks Minneapolis-St. Paul near the top of the list of the nation’s most populous metro areas for college degree attainment among young adults. The only metropolitan areas that ranked higher were Washington, Boston, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

04/22/2014

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Good Question: How Can You Get The Best Financial Aid Package?

Seven in 10 college seniors have some sort of student debt. With the cost of a four-year college averaging between $22,000 and $30,000 a year, loans are the only way for most families to afford it.

04/09/2014

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MN Office Of Higher Ed Gives College Financial Aid Advice

It’s that time of year when many high school seniors are getting their acceptance letters from colleges. And, just as importantly, details on the financial aid they’ve qualified for, or scholarships they’ve won.

04/09/2014

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Big Changes In Store For SAT Test

College board officials announced this week that an update to the SAT test is needed to make the exam more representative of what high school students study in class. The changes don’t go into effect until 2016, which means this year’s ninth graders will be the first to take it in their junior year. It’s a tough test that creates anxiety, and one that requires practice and sometimes even a tutor.

03/06/2014

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‘Minds Matter’ Helps Steer Students To College

When most teens are taking a break from reading and writing, dozens of high schools students choose to spend their Saturday in a classroom. They are part of Minds Matter, an organization that helps low-income students prepare for college success over a three-year program. The Twin Cities chapter of Minds Matter was founded by Kelly Miller. “We’re trying to show them that there’s a lot that the world has to offer, and there’s a lot they can achieve,” Miller said.

01/25/2014

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Police Continue To Investigate After ‘U’ Student Found Dead

Police are still trying to figure out how a University of Minnesota student ended up dead outside over the weekend. The freshman’s body was discovered Sunday morning, just east of the Stone Arch Bridge, along Main Street in Minneapolis.

12/16/2013

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Police: College Student Found On Porch Had Been Drinking

The Duluth Police Department has reportedly closed the case of a 19-year-old college freshman found unconscious on a neighbor’s porch. That student, Alyssa Jo Lommel, is being treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul this morning for severe hypothermia. She is in critical condition.

12/11/2013

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Season Of Hope: A Reunion In Litchfield

On Monday nights throughout December, WCCO is going back to visit people whose stories touched us this past year. With generous support from our friends at Slumberland and Pandora Jewelry, it’s our hope to make Christmas unforgettable for these families. In this week’s “Season of Hope,” we go back to Litchfield High School. In April, we introduced you to two girls who invited boys from their special education program to senior prom.

12/09/2013

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UND, Minnesota To Renew Hockey Rivalry In 3 Years

The University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota will renew their storied hockey rivalry in three years. The two NCAA Division I powerhouses have agreed to terms on a two-year deal that will renew a rivalry that dates back to 1930.

10/31/2013

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Minn. Shoots For Big Events For Yet-Built Stadium

Construction isn’t even underway on a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium, but a hard push is on by the team and its landlord to lure a Super Bowl, college football championship game and Final Four basketball tournament.

10/24/2013

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Minn. Athlete Challenges Suspension From Sports

A Minnesota high school athlete is challenging his suspension from sports, saying a tweet about drilling his teammates was about tackling opponents and wasn’t a threat. Tyson Leon, a 16-year-old football player and wrestler at Shakopee High School, says the suspension from sports is hurting his chances of getting a wrestling scholarship to attend college. However, a school district attorney said in court Tuesday that his suspension was only for football and that he will still be able to wrestle, according to the Star Tribune.

10/23/2013

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Gov. Dayton Addresses College Leadership Summit

Hundreds of college students attended a leadership summit Saturday afternoon at the Bloomington Hilton with Governor Mark Dayton. The governor spoke about issues affecting higher education, including his efforts to make college more affordable for Minnesotans. “We invested most of that new money in education at all levels, from early childhood right through post-secondary,” Dayton said. “[We] increased higher education funding by $250 million.”

10/19/2013

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5 Things To Know About San Jose State V. Minnesota

It’s just another game for Jerry Kill and Minnesota this week. When Minnesota hits the field against San Jose State on Saturday, there will be no special emotions expressed, no “welcome back, Jerry!” videos played on the TCF Bank Stadium big screen.

09/20/2013

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Gophers Junior Jones Speeds Past Another ACL Rehab

Marcus Jones is back for Minnesota, maybe faster than before. The junior cornerback has already recovered from two reconstructive knee surgeries in his college career, and he hasn’t even turned 20. Jones returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown for the Gophers in their season-opening win against UNLV.

09/03/2013

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Best Books To Read Before Heading Off To College

It’s that time in the summer: you’re about to send your kids off to college. Regardless of whether your child is a freshman or a rising senior, these books can help with all stages of a college career. From inspirational works to short stories to advice, our sister company, Simon & Schuster have hand selected a list that will be the perfect gift just as you leave your kids at their dorm.

08/28/2013

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Good Question: What Is The Best Way To Save For College?

According to Fidelity’s annual College Savings Indicator study, about 69 percent of families say they’ve already started saving for college, up from 58 percent back in 2007. That’s a good thing, because Campus Consultants, Inc. estimates the average college tuition for public school 20 years from now to be close to $50,000 a year. For private school, it could be $85,000 a year.

08/22/2013

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Space-Saving Tips for Dorm Room Living

When you live in a tiny dorm room, maximizing space is a priority. These 10 space-saving tips will help you keep your room organized while still having room to move.

08/22/2013

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