Parent Update

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Announcing tuition, fees, room and board for 2010-11

Setting tuition, fee, room and board rates is a complex process. Our goal is to continue to provide a top-quality educational experience to students while striving to help them meet their financial needs. Read about the process and download 2009-10 rate schedules »

Monday, March 22, 2010

Housing Sign-Up 2010-11: Prime real estate available!

Housing Sign-Up for 2010-11 is underway!

Last year we unveiled the new online portal My Housing, allowing students to complete the entire room selection process online. We have spent the last few months working on the software and process to make sign-up even more user-friendly.

It is a great time to discuss the benefits of living on campus with your student. Students who live on campus:

• Have a higher grade-point average
• Have a higher graduation rate
• Study more hours per week
• Report higher satisfaction with general education
• Are more involved in co-curricular activities (2003 NSSE and CSC IRP Data)

Housing options and financial considerations
The University offers double, single, triple, suite, and apartment style housing. Students seeking off-campus housing should consider the true costs of renting and paying for amenities.

Keep in mind that St. Kate’s housing fees include great amenities such as laundry (that’s right — laundry is included), wireless internet access, cable and phone service, all utilities, and furniture!

Students also share study lounges, computer labs, social lounges with televisions and other wonderful common spaces.

Housing sign-up process
Everything your student needs to know about Housing Sign-Up can be found on the Residence Life website inside KateWay. Students can also learn more about the sign-up process through posters, e-mails and question/answer sessions.

If your student is currently commuting and would like to live on-campus next year, she may sign up at the same time current residents sign up. She will have the same priority to rooms, suites and apartments as current residents.

Housing & Dining Agreements due April 7. Encourage your student to visit the Residence Life website for complete details and a schedule of events.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Donations of school supplies welcome

Social Work seniors Siryka Hayes and Sarah Schwartz are organizing the Kits for Kids campaign for their service learning project.

Parents, families, students are being asked to help vicitims of the Haiti earthquake by donating school supplies to the Kits for Kids campaign, running now through April 9.

Donations are being accepted in the CDC by the Info Desk or in Fontbonne Hall outside the Social Work office. All completed kits will be donated to Lutheran World Relief. We are seeking:

  • Notebooks (wide- or college-ruled, 150-200 sheets; no loose-leaf paper)

  • Blunt scissors

  • Rulers (30 cm)

  • Pencil sharpeners

  • Pencils (unsharpened No. 2 with erasers)

  • Erasers (about 2.5 inches long)

  • Construction paper (assorted colors)

  • Crayons (boxes of 16 or 24)

  • Sturdy cloth bags (approximately 12 by 14 inches with cloth handles or drawstring closure

Questions? E-mail Siryka at

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Registration is just around the corner

Registration is an exciting time as students look forward to next semester and continue planning their future at St. Kate’s. Advisors are expecting students to contact them regarding their courses for next fall.

Beginning April 19, 2010, current students will start registering for fall 2010 classes. Seniors register first, others follow in order of the number of credits they have completed.

Prior to registration, students will want to make sure they are clear to register. First, have your student check for any holds on her account. Second, your student should make an appointment with her academic advisor prior to the registration date.

Meeting regularly with an academic advisor is important to help your student stay on track for graduation, confirm completion of liberal arts and major requirements, and receive information about new research or internship opportunities within her discipline.

Record-setting seasons for the Wildcats

All four of St. Kate’s winter sports turned in record setting performances this season.

The Wildcat swimming and diving team had their best Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) finish since 1983 and set seven school records.

The indoor track and field team set eight individual school records and scored the most team points at the MIAC championships in St. Kate’s history.

The basketball team qualified for the MIAC playoffs and lost in overtime in the semifinals. This was the farthest a St. Kate’s basketball team had ever advanced.

The most impressive season was turned in by the hockey team. The team finished the regular season in second place in the MIAC, and lost in the championship game of the playoffs. The team had six players receive MIAC all-conference or honorable mention honors and junior Michaela Michaelson was named the Player of the Year for the conference. The final honor for the hockey team came when head coach Brad Marshall was named MIAC Coach of the Year.

Save the dates...

Student Honors and Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, May 4, 4 p.m.

Associate programs: Saturday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.
Graduate programs: Saturday, May 22, 2 p.m.
Bachelor's programs: Sunday, May 23, 1:30 p.m.

Financial aid priority deadline is April 15

For priority funding status, submit the 2010-11 St. Kate's Financial Aid Application, the 2010-11 FAFSA and any other materials requested by the Financial Aid Office no later than Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Applying after this date may result in reduced funding. There may be possible reductions in 2010-11 Minnesota State Grants due to the projected funding shortfall. Applying for financial aid early will give you and your student time to plan how to finance paying for tuition next year.

Check St. Kate's e-mail often
It is also important that you remind your student to check her St. Kate's e-mail throughout the year &emdash; even during summer break and while studying abroad. The St. Kate's e-mail address is an official means of campus communication and the Financial Aid Office uses the St. Kate's e-mail to communicate the status of your aid application.

Quick links to online financial aid applications

  • St. Catherine University Application

  • FAFSA Application

    If your student completed an online FAFSA last year and has her PIN, click "Fill out your FAFSA" under Step 2 and then select "The 2010-2011 School Year."

    Please read the instructions carefully and submit the required identifying information. Your student will need her 2009 income information and, if she is a dependent student, her parents' 2009 income information.

    To send the FAFSA results to St. Catherine University, be sure to list our federal school code: 002342.

If your student has special circumstances, (i.e. death of parent/spouse, divorce/separation, unemployment or change in earnings for 2010, unusual medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance in excess of $2,000, elementary or secondary tuition expenses, or one-time, nonrecurring income) contact the Financial Aid office and request a 2010-11 Special Circumstances Form.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the application process, contact Financial Aid at (651) 690–6540 or by e-mail at Minneapolis students should contact Minneapolis Financial Aid at (651) 690-7805.

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    So much going on...

    There are many events taking place on campus during April and May. Please encourage your student to take advantage of all the wonderful programs taking place!

    View the events calendar »

    First-ever Current Student Survey launched

    On March 10, the first-ever Current Student Survey was launched at St. Catherine University. All degree-seeking students received a personalized link via their St. Kate's e-mail.

    The survey is gathering information about various facets of students' experiences at St. Kate's. Topics addressed in this survey include academic advising, academic and co-curricular engagement, campus climate, reflections on the liberal arts learning outcomes, financial stress and interactions with various offices and services.

    On average, students are spending 20-25 minutes completing the survey. There are also many opportunities for students to answer open-ended questions in order to express their opinions and experiences. All students' individual responses will be completely anonymous, and results will be reported only as part of a larger population.

    Please encourage your daughter to take the time to complete this survey. The information and feedback provided by students is invaluable to us and will be used to inform future decision-making here at St. Kate's.

    If you or your daughter have any questions or concerns about the survey, contact Emily Ronning in the Office if Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment at

    Look for a summary of findings in an upcoming edition of Parent Update.

    Making sense of the census

    If your student lives on campus, she will be included in the census information that is being collected on campus. We anticipate the census activity will take place in mid-April. If your daughter lives in an off-campus apartment, she will complete the census information at that address. If you have any questions, please contact Residence Life at (651) 690-6617.