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Minnesota Higher Education Options

Minnesota is home to 156 public and private colleges and universities. Compare the institutions in Minnesota in order to determine which school might be right for you.

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With so many institutions in the state, there is no shortage of opportunities to earn a postsecondary education in Minnesota. Students can choose from four-year and two-year institutions as well as schools designed to give short-term vocational training. This article focuses on several categories that can be used to compare schools. The statistics are taken from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Minnesota Schools Near Large Cities

Minnesota's largest major metropolitan area includes the Twin Cities - Minneapolis and Saint Paul. There are lots of colleges and universities to choose from in the Twin Cities. Other major cities include Rochester and Duluth, both of which have a branch of the University of Minnesota. Take a look at some of the options below if you want to go to school in a large city.

  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota)
  • University of Minnesota - Rochester (Rochester, Minnesota)
  • University of Minnesota - Duluth (Duluth, Minnesota)
  • Metropolitan State University (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
  • Augsburg College (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Largest Schools in Minnesota

For many students, school size is an important consideration. If you want to go to a large school in Minnesota, there are two universities with over fifty thousand students. Take a look at the top five largest schools in the state below.

  • Walden University (52,188 students)
  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (51,147 students)
  • Capella University (35,061 students)
  • Saint Cloud State University (16,076 students)
  • Minnesota State University - Mankato (15,387 students)

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Lowest Net Price

The schools below had the lowest net prices for in-state undergraduates in the 2015-2016 academic year. The figures are reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which determines net prices by subtracting an average financial aid amount from a school's total cost of attendance for full-time undergraduates.

  • Mesabi Range College ($5,554 per year)
  • Century College ($8,184 per year)
  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College ($8,667 per year)
  • Hibbing Community College ($9,041 per year)
  • Riverland Community College ($9,535 per year)

Highest Graduation Rate

Aspiring students trying to select a college or university may want to take a look at graduation rates. These stats are worth checking out for comparison purposes, as they can provide insight into an institution's educational quality. According to the NCES, the following institutions have the highest graduation rates in Minnesota. These figures are based on students who completed their degrees within 150% of normal time.

  • Carleton College (95%)
  • Macalester College (90%)
  • St Olaf College (87%)
  • College of Saint Benedict (85%)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (82%)

In conclusion, no matter which factor is most important to you, there are lots of schools in Minnesota that can meet your educational needs.

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