Overview of Minnesota Colleges & Schools
The state of Minnesota is home to large number of post-secondary institutions both public and private. These school are located throughout the state, with many located in large urban centers capable of supporting large number of students. Private schools may be found in a variety of locations, such as rural or low population areas, independent of such factors as service area or population density. Saint Paul is the Capital of Minnesota and its second largest city. Minneapolis is the largest city in the state, with Rochester and Duluth being the third and fourth respectively.
Minnesota has two public school systems of higher education. The first is the University of Minnesota system which is comprised of five schools located throughout the state. The original campus was founded in 1851 and became an institution of higher learning in 1869. Since its founding the school has grown, becoming a premier research and educational institution in the region.
University of Minnesota campuses:
- University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
- University of Minnesota, Duluth
- University of Minnesota, Morris
- University of Minnesota, Crookston
- University of Minnesota, Rochester
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System is the other public education system in the state, comprised of 24 two year institutions and 7 state universities. Established in 1995, the system is a result of the merging of community, technical and state colleges into what is the fifth largest educational system in the country that combines 2 and 4 year schools. The average cost of tuition is lower than those of private schools in the state, career colleges and the University of Minnesota. Altogether the school serves about 430,000 students, approximately 93,000 of which were distance learners.
Four year schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System:
- Bemidji State University
- Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Minnesota State University, Moorhead
- Metropolitan State University (Minneapolis and Saint Paul)
- Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall)
- St. Cloud State University
- Winona State University
Private colleges and universities tend to offer a smaller number of programs, often based in a liberal arts format or a specializing in particular area of study, such as an art school. Private schools tend to have lower enrollment than public schools and tuition costs tend to be higher. Student to teacher ratios are often low allowing for a more personalized education. Certain opportunities are also more prevalent, such as research opportunities, internships, and study abroad programs. Some schools were founded based on principles of a given Christian denomination offering educations that incorporate faith in one’s studies.
Private institutions in Minnesota include:
- Argosy University (Eagan)
- Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis)
- Carleton College (Northfield)
- Bethel University (Saint Paul)
- Hamline University (Saint Paul)
Private career schools are also prevalent throughout the state. Such school provide high cost short duration programs that prepare individuals for careers in high demand fields. Such schools should be properly researched to ensure that their programs are accredited and successful and that they offer job placement programs for graduates.
The most populous city in Minnesota is Minneapolis, followed by Saint Paul and Rochester. While the most populous county in Minnesota is Hennepin County with Ramsey County behind. If you are interested in visiting the state of Minnesota, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.
College Degree Breakdown for the State of MinnesotaSource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online
|Doctoral or professional degree||62,880||2.2|
|Postsecondary nondegree award||161,780||5.8|
|Some college, no degree||82,460||2.9|
|High school diploma or equivalent||968,360||34.5|
|No formal educational credential||747,480||26.6|
Public Universities & Colleges
There are twelve public 4-year state universities and colleges in Minnesota. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Minnesota.
Private Universities & Colleges
In Minnesota there are thirty-one accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Minnesota.
Community colleges are public institutions that offer low cost, high quality education for residents throughout the state. These schools offer 2-year programs that grant associate degrees or offer training courses in specialized trades. Minnesota" Community colleges also are the number one transfer-out programs available for four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and compare community colleges in Minnesota.
Liberal Arts Colleges
Minnesota has eight accredited liberal arts colleges. These schools primarily focus on undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences through comprehensive and flexible curriculums. Compare all the liberal arts colleges in Minnesota.
Bible & Christian Colleges
Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately twenty-five such colleges in Minnesota located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Minnesota along with program and tuition information.
Browse Schools by Career in Minnesota
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Medicine & Healthcare
- Medical Schools in Minnesota (M.D.) (3 Schools)
- Nursing Schools in Minnesota (BSN, RN, LPN, ...) (82 Schools)
Law & Criminal Justice
- Law Schools in Minnesota (J.D.) (4 Schools)