Best Colleges in Minneapolis

Double the Fun and Opportunities

Two is better than One

“The Twin Cities” experienced so much growth that they grew into one major area. You, too, can have the same opportunities to grow in your own education here in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Over 30 schools offer hundreds of degree options with interests, such as journalism, medicine, and law.* Minneapolis-St. Paul has one of the largest economies in the Midwest and is home to the headquarters of 18 Fortune 500 companies providing jobs after graduation. As one of the “Best Places for Business and Careers” and status as one of the largest medical device manufacturing centers, business and healthcare majors are finding themselves right at home.* To top it all off, the area has the lowest unemployment rate in the country, 4.2%, for large metropolitan areas.*

Not only is the education top notch, but there’s twice the fun, too. Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” with plenty of recreation in the water. Many trails border the lakes and provide scenic paths for running or hiking. The Greenway and Hiawatha are two of the most popular.* There are 7 professional sports teams to give you opportunities to show your city pride: Vikings, Twins, Wild, Timberwolves, Lynx, Swarm, and United FC.* So, for football or futbol, you’re covered. As the third largest theater market, it’s a great destination for concerts and shows.* We won’t even dwell on the 5,000+ restaurants or 400+ bars in and around downtown Minneapolis-St. Paul.* While good individually, they’re better together. Come grow, and double your success in the Twin Cities.

*National Center for Education Statistics *Bureau of Labor Statistics *U.S. Census Bureau *www.minneapolis.org *Wikipedia, “Minneapolis-Saint Paul”, “Minneapolis”

Best Four Year Universities in Minneapolis

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Macalester College Saint Paul, MN

Macalester College offers 90 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 641 students graduated with students earning 641 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
2 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers 680 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 15,373 students graduated with students earning 9,123 Bachelor's degrees, 3,807 Master's degrees, 1,959 Doctoral degrees, and 484 Certificates degrees.

Based on 168 Reviews
3 University of St Thomas Saint Paul, MN

University of St Thomas offers 220 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 3,189 students graduated with students earning 1,740 Bachelor's degrees, 1,080 Master's degrees, 196 Doctoral degrees, and 173 Certificates degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
4 Augsburg College Minneapolis, MN

Augsburg College offers 205 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,113 students graduated with students earning 795 Bachelor's degrees, 309 Master's degrees, 7 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Certificates degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
5 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University offers 151 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,659 students graduated with students earning 665 Bachelor's degrees, 571 Master's degrees, 288 Certificates degrees, and 135 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
6 Bethel University Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University offers 156 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,387 students graduated with students earning 977 Bachelor's degrees, 291 Master's degrees, 67 Certificates degrees, 29 Doctoral degrees, and 23 Associate's degrees.

7 University of Northwestern-St Paul Saint Paul, MN

University of Northwestern-St Paul offers 116 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 703 students graduated with students earning 591 Bachelor's degrees, 89 Master's degrees, 17 Associate's degrees, and 6 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
8 Crown College Saint Bonifacius, MN

Crown College offers 109 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 504 students graduated with students earning 425 Bachelor's degrees, 57 Master's degrees, 12 Associate's degrees, and 10 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
9 University of Wisconsin-River Falls River Falls, WI

University of Wisconsin-River Falls offers 100 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a far away town. In 2015, 1,525 students graduated with students earning 1,358 Bachelor's degrees, and 167 Master's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
10 Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis College of Art and Design offers 19 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 152 students graduated with students earning 119 Bachelor's degrees, 21 Master's degrees, and 12 Certificates degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Minneapolis

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN

Dakota County Technical College offers 143 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,059 students graduated with students earning 569 Certificates degrees, and 490 Associate's degrees.

2 Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN

Hennepin Technical College offers 185 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,203 students graduated with students earning 1,421 Certificates degrees, and 782 Associate's degrees.

3 Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Community and Technical College offers 147 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,913 students graduated with students earning 1,031 Associate's degrees, and 882 Certificates degrees.

4 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN

North Hennepin Community College offers 75 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,469 students graduated with students earning 878 Associate's degrees, and 591 Certificates degrees.

5 Century College White Bear Lake, MN

Century College offers 142 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,355 students graduated with students earning 1,332 Associate's degrees, and 1,023 Certificates degrees.

6 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN

Inver Hills Community College offers 56 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,127 students graduated with students earning 736 Associate's degrees, and 391 Certificates degrees.

7 Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN

Normandale Community College offers 66 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,589 students graduated with students earning 1,141 Associate's degrees, and 448 Certificates degrees.

8 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN

Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers 68 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,177 students graduated with students earning 1,089 Associate's degrees, and 88 Certificates degrees.

9 Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN

Saint Paul College offers 140 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,948 students graduated with students earning 1,254 Certificates degrees, and 694 Associate's degrees.

10 Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN

Anoka Technical College offers 77 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 885 students graduated with students earning 486 Certificates degrees, and 399 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Macalester College Macalester College Saint Paul, MN
5/5
11 : 1 2,172
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
3/5
14 : 1 50,678
University of St Thomas University of St Thomas Saint Paul, MN
5/5
18 : 1 10,148
Augsburg College Augsburg College Minneapolis, MN
5/5
15 : 1 3,458
Hamline University Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
5/5
18 : 1 4,258
Bethel University Bethel University Saint Paul, MN
5/5
14 : 1 3,952
University of Northwestern-St Paul University of Northwestern-St Paul Saint Paul, MN
5/5
26 : 1 3,493
Crown College Crown College Saint Bonifacius, MN
4/5
21 : 1 1,153
University of Wisconsin-River Falls University of Wisconsin-River Falls River Falls, WI
2/5
23 : 1 5,949
Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis, MN
5/5
13 : 1 796
Concordia University-Saint Paul Concordia University-Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
4/5
25 : 1 4,380
North Central University North Central University Minneapolis, MN
4/5
18 : 1 1,212
Metropolitan State University Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
2/5
30 : 1 8,424
Dakota County Technical College Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, MN
2/5
30 : 1 2,783
Walden University Walden University Minneapolis, MN
3/5
45 : 1 52,799
Hennepin Technical College Hennepin Technical College Brooklyn Park, MN
2/5
37 : 1 5,676
Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN
2/5
44 : 1 8,621
North Hennepin Community College North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
2/5
48 : 1 7,286
Century College Century College White Bear Lake, MN
2/5
41 : 1 8,996
Inver Hills Community College Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
2/5
43 : 1 5,515
Normandale Community College Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN
2/5
44 : 1 9,855
Anoka-Ramsey Community College Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids, MN
2/5
57 : 1 9,294
Saint Paul College Saint Paul College Saint Paul, MN
2/5
42 : 1 6,428
Anoka Technical College Anoka Technical College Anoka, MN
2/5
31 : 1 2,027
Dunwoody College of Technology Dunwoody College of Technology Minneapolis, MN
4/5
12 : 1 1,094

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Questions About Going to College in Minneapolis

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Minneapolis?

Minneapolis is speckled with more than just lakes — it also has a large number of job opportunities for recent graduates. The low 3.3% unemployment rate* speaks to the current economy. Minneapolis workers bring in a median income of $46,000, and their rent to percentage of income is only 20%,** so you won’t be spending all your hard-earned money just to pay for a roof over your head. But twenty-year-olds have flocked to the city, and just because the jobs are there doesn’t mean it’s always easy to land them. Minneapolis employers are looking for the hard-working Midwest attitude and faces they know. Good thing the city also hosts many professional networking events like MnSearch Summit, young professional happy hours, and after work get-togethers.

*bls.gov **Nerdwallet.com

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Minneapolis? Growing industries?

Back in the day, Minneapolis was a flour milling capital of America and a hub for timber. Sticking to its roots, Minneapolis still is big in manufacturing of electronics, machinery, medical products and food. Corporations like General Mills, Hormel Foods, Land O’Lakes help feed the world from the Mini Apple. Other industries have found home in the west twin of the Twin Cities. Financial services are big on the list, with companies like Fortune 500 Ameriprise Financial and even the Ninth Federal Reserve District Bank. Technology also makes the roster, with companies like Best Buy. Biomedical and biosciences comes next, with St. Jude Medical, Ecolab, and UnitedHealth Group. And then, not surprising since the city is home to the Mall of America and the headquarters of Target, comes retail. If your degree is more along the line of arts and humanities and doesn’t fall into the business, project management, medical, financial arena, Minneapolis could still be the scene for you: The city is also considered the capital for the arts in the upper Midwest.

Is Minneapolis more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family? What communities are best?

College students will feel at home in the University community, next to the University of Minnesota, with the Dinkytown and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods heavily populated by students and fraternity houses. But unlike most other cities, Minneapolis is starting to experience an influx of young families sticking to urban living and leaving the suburbs for the older generations.

The city, voted No. 3 for families by Child magazine, has green where others sport gray. It’s home to more lakes and parks than skyscrapers, and offers hundreds of miles of trails. Families find affordable living in Longfellow neighborhood, calling bungalows and craftsman cottages with ample back yards home rather than the expected high-rise apartment buildings. Families in this neighborhood can enjoy the Mississippi River and its walking trails. You can be sure to spend time at Minnehaha Falls, a waterfall smack-dab in the middle of the city, and Lake Street with all its shops and restaurants. More-established families opt for Lynnhurst neighborhood in the Southwest community, where they can enjoy Lake Harriet, Minnehaha Creek, tree-lined streets, and handsome homes. No matter where families live, parents can keep themselves and their children entertained with a number of activities. Try watersports on one of the many lakes. Take a walk through the Sculpture Gardens and snap a family portrait with the famous Spoon and Cherry sculpture. Visit Heartfelt Crafts to keep kids creating. Pop into the Wild Rumpus bookstore, where there are nearly as many live animals to see as there are books.

What do the locals in Minneapolis like to do for fun?

These hardworking, good citizens of the North enjoy the usual, like lawn bowling on the rooftop of Brit’s Pub in downtown. Or how about trying to win the Friday meat raffle at the 1029 Bar? Yep, meat raffle. Minneapolitans love food (a little more than others). This city is home to the Juicy Lucy, a burger with built-in cheese; hot dishes, which are casseroles topped with heavy helpings of cheese and tater tots; food on sticks, like fried mac ’n’ cheese and salads; and this strange thing called pop (hint, it’s just soda; it won’t hurt you).

Aside from food enjoyed year-round, Minneapolis residents have to make the most of the weather. In the summer months, lakes fill with friends and families tubing, water skiing, swimming, and wake boarding. The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway sees runners and bikers replace their boots with sneakers and take a jaunt past the Stone Arch Bridge, St. Anthony Falls, and alongside the Mississippi River once the temperature surpasses fifty degrees. Sports fans line up at Target Field to see a Twins game. And Instagram fills with selfies next to the Peanuts statues that are sprinkled around the city to commemorate native Charles Schulz.

The dreaded snow and ice comes again every year, though, driving people inside. Instead of the outdoor strolls, locals escape into the expansive skyway system or catch a ride on the light rail train to the Mall of America. And you can find the next good book to read in the bursting aisles of the James and Mary Laurie Book Sellers store for the sure-to-come snowstorm that’ll trap everybody indoors.

What’s the dating scene like in Minneapolis? Will I meet my perfect mate?

There’s this thing called Midwest nice, and Minneapolis locals are lousy with it. About the only thing you’ll find a Minneapolis resident complaining about is the weather — because either it’s too hot part of the year or too cold the other part. For dating, this means about the only way you’ll get stood up is if it goes from “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to “baby, there’s two feet of snow blocking my door.” But when the weather does allow for outings, Minneapolis residents treat their dates to boat outings, bar crawls, biking expeditions to ooh and ahh over the city skyline, and four-star meals. Throw on your flip flops or Uggs, depending on the weather or your cold tolerance, and don your North Face for your next date— you may be spending the winter hibernating and binging Netflix with a guy or gal you wouldn’t mind freezing next to.

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