The college decision and why fewer Minnesota students are enrolling

A banner at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
Friedrich, Alex

May is traditionally the month when many high school seniors make their final decisions about where they’ll go to college. 

But so much has changed with college: Admissions requirements have shifted, college enrollment has declined and more people are questioning the cost of college — especially if it involves years of repaying student loans. 

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with a school counselor and admissions director about about the state of college. Do young people view the value of a college education differently than previous generations? And why are so many colleges re-thinking how they approach admissions? 


  • Derek Francis is the manager of counseling services at the Office of College and Career Readiness for the Minneapolis Public Schools.

  • Brian Jones is the Director of Admissions at Minnesota State University, Mankato and is the president-elect of the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling.

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