2012 grads staying close to home

By Meghan Gutzwiller
Times Correspondent

The hats have been thrown, the 2012 all-night grad party is in the books and graduation party season is in full swing. These 298 newly graduated students are, in some cases, no longer students – but the majority are headed back into a classroom of some type this fall. So what are the trends we see with this year’s graduating class?

For one thing, Monticello grads are overwhelmingly choosing public colleges or universities: out of the 140 who listed a four-year college plan in last week’s graduation section of the Monticello Times, 111 are planning to attend a public university and 29 have chosen a private school. Of those planning to attend a public four-year institution, St. Cloud State University is the most frequently named choice school, with almost one-third of these students choosing SCSU as their academic home for the fall. For those choosing a technical college, St. Cloud topped the location list as well, with 23 students choosing St. Cloud Technical College out of the 42 total headed to technical colleges, which is nearly 55 percent.

My family and I chose SCSU as our PSEO (post-secondary education option) choice because of the close proximity its campus is to our home in Big Lake