Rochester, Minnesota (MN) Colleges and Universities

There are fourteen schools located within 45 miles of Rochester, Minnesota. Excluding for-profit institutions, we'll break down several important attributes of schools nearby to help you better determine the right college for you.

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Learn about graduation rates, net prices, student populations, and the proximity to town of the schools near Rochester, Minnesota. These figures have been calculated and listed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Rochester, Minnesota

The closest college to downtown Rochester is Crossroads College, a private school located 3.6 miles from downtown. Those looking to attend a public college won't have to look much further, with the second closest school to downtown being the University of Minnesota-Rochester at 4.6 miles away. The next nearest schools are:

  • Rochester Community and Technical College (4.6 miles from downtown)
  • Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical-Red Wing (35.1 miles from downtown)
  • Riverland Community College (36 miles from downtown)
  • Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical (41.9 miles from downtown)
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (41.9 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools near Rochester, Minnesota

Winona State University stands far above the crowd in terms of size, with 8,490 students in attendance. This is one of only two 4-year public options within 45 miles of the city. The next largest colleges near Rochester are:

  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (5,931 students)
  • Rochester Community and Technical College (5,584 students)
  • Riverland Community College (3,068 students)
  • St Olaf College (3,046 students)
  • Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical (2,059 students)

Lowest Net Price

Net price can be helpful if you're trying to figure out your college expenses post-financial aid. In this section, we'll go over numbers that apply to full-time undergraduate students only based on the 2014-2015 school year. Colleges with the lowest net prices around are mostly community colleges, with a nice mix of urban and small-town settings. The least expensive schools nearby are:

  • Riverland Community College ($9,535)
  • Rochester Community and Technical College ($14,455)
  • Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical ($14,662)
  • Winona State University ($16,524)
  • University of Minnesota-Rochester ($16,702)

Highest Graduation Rate

The rates disclosed in this section are exclusive to undergraduate students enrolled on a full-time basis and are based on 150% of the normal time needed to complete a program. They're taken from the 2015 school year. Carleton College has the highest graduation rate in the area at 95%. The next highest rates belong to:

  • St Olaf College (87%)
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (61%)
  • Winona State University (58%)
  • University of Minnesota-Rochester (54%)
  • Crossroads College (42%)

Students looking to attend school in the proximity of Rochester have several public and private options to consider, with schools of large size like Winona State as well as community college options available.

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