Best Colleges in Minnesota

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Get carried away in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”

With nearly 200 post-secondary institutions in the state, Minnesota’s 87,000+ square miles are chock-full of educational opportunities in places like the Twin Cities, Rochester, Duluth, and Bloomington. The Twin Cities boast the 4th largest American campus based on enrollment numbers, and the state has 6 private colleges listed on the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges.* The state’s urban centers offer careers in business, healthcare, and performing arts, while more rural areas have opportunities in agriculture, mining, and forestry. The state’s unemployment rate of 4.5% is much lower than the national average, and the predicted future job growth of 37.9% really shows the state’s upward mobility.* Minnesota’s economy is diverse with 33 of the nation’s top 1,000 publicly traded companies headquartered here.*

With its ample geography, it isn’t called The Land of 10,000 Lakes for nothing. Minnesotans enjoy high levels of physical activity: boating, fishing (including ice fishing), snow and ice sports, hunting, camping, and hiking are widely enjoyed in state, national, and local parks. With low rates of inactivity and disease, Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the healthiest states in the nation.* Professional teams always have a loyal following, with the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, and Timberwolves. And to become a true Minnesotan, you must commit to forever hating the Green Bay Packers. So, bundle up and enjoy all that Minnesota has to offer – both in business and pleasure.

*Wikipedia, “Minnesota”, “List of colleges and universities in Minnesota” *www.bestplaces.net/economy/state/Minnesota *www.americashealthrankings.org/MN *www.statemaster.com

Best Four Year Universities in Minnesota

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Carleton College Northfield, MN

Carleton College offers 101 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a far away town. In 2015, 561 students graduated with students earning 561 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 32 Reviews
2 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
3 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
4 St Olaf College Northfield, MN

St Olaf College offers 96 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a far away town. In 2015, 923 students graduated with students earning 923 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
5 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN

Concordia College at Moorhead offers 129 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 763 students graduated with students earning 757 Bachelor's degrees, and 6 Master's degrees.

6 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
7 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
8 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN

The College of Saint Scholastica offers 177 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a small city. In 2015, 1,963 students graduated with students earning 1,049 Bachelor's degrees, 495 Master's degrees, 225 Certificates degrees, and 194 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
9 Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Winona, MN

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota offers 219 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a far away town. In 2015, 1,897 students graduated with students earning 1,001 Master's degrees, 634 Bachelor's degrees, 245 Certificates degrees, and 17 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
10 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

Best Community Colleges in Minnesota

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Minnesota West Community and Technical College Granite Falls, MN

Minnesota West Community and Technical College offers 137 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a remote town. In 2015, 1,647 students graduated with students earning 1,193 Certificates degrees, and 454 Associate's degrees.

2 Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria, MN

Alexandria Technical & Community College offers 84 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,081 students graduated with students earning 590 Certificates degrees, and 491 Associate's degrees.

3 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN

Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers 143 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 1,728 students graduated with students earning 1,199 Associate's degrees, and 529 Certificates degrees.

4 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.

5 Riverland Community College Austin, MN

Riverland Community College offers 97 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away town. In 2015, 1,001 students graduated with students earning 565 Certificates degrees, and 436 Associate's degrees.

6 Central Lakes College-Brainerd Brainerd, MN

Central Lakes College-Brainerd offers 96 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 1,099 students graduated with students earning 599 Associate's degrees, and 500 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
7 Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical Winona, MN

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical offers 119 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a far away town. In 2015, 696 students graduated with students earning 388 Certificates degrees, and 308 Associate's degrees.

8 Northland Community and Technical College Thief River Falls, MN

Northland Community and Technical College offers 102 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 1,236 students graduated with students earning 768 Associate's degrees, and 468 Certificates degrees.

9 Ridgewater College Willmar, MN

Ridgewater College offers 149 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 1,181 students graduated with students earning 644 Associate's degrees, and 537 Certificates degrees.

10 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.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Carleton College Carleton College Northfield, MN
5/5
9 : 1 2,014
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
St Olaf College St Olaf College Northfield, MN
5/5
13 : 1 3,046
Concordia College at Moorhead Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
5/5
12 : 1 2,177
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
The College of Saint Scholastica The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
5/5
17 : 1 4,329
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Winona, MN
5/5
29 : 1 5,931
Hamline University Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
5/5
18 : 1 4,258
St Catherine University St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
5/5
14 : 1 4,961
University of Minnesota-Duluth University of Minnesota-Duluth Duluth, MN
3/5
21 : 1 10,878
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
Winona State University Winona State University Winona, MN
3/5
22 : 1 8,490
Saint Johns University Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
5/5
13 : 1 1,869
Minnesota State University-Mankato Minnesota State University-Mankato Mankato, MN
2/5
28 : 1 15,313
College of Saint Benedict College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
5/5
13 : 1 1,943
Southwest Minnesota State University Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
3/5
52 : 1 7,276
Gustavus Adolphus College Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
5/5
12 : 1 2,379
Minnesota State University Moorhead Minnesota State University Moorhead Moorhead, MN
3/5
22 : 1 5,844
Crown College Crown College Saint Bonifacius, MN
4/5
21 : 1 1,153
University of Minnesota-Crookston University of Minnesota-Crookston Crookston, MN
3/5
32 : 1 2,823
Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis, MN
5/5
13 : 1 796
University of Minnesota-Morris University of Minnesota-Morris Morris, MN
3/5
14 : 1 1,856

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