Where to Start Looking to Find Minnesota Colleges
If you’re looking for Minnesota colleges, start with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. The website provides the usual timelines, basic college search page, and financial aid information. The site includes information on Reciprocity with other states that allow Minnesota students to attend other state institutions at a lower tuition rate.
The site provides a financial aid estimator and information on Minnesota grants and scholarships. Users will also find a large number of publications, workbooks, guides, and handouts to assist in the college search process. Local college fairs can be found under the event listing.
Students looking only to attend a state institution, should visit the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities website. It allows users to search for schools by program offerings and is the gateway to state online application. The Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators provides a student budget calculator and monthly payment chart. It also links to the College Goal Sunday website which sponsors financial aid workshops throughout the state.
Minnesota Transfer is essential for anyone planning to start at a community college and then transfer to a four-year institution. The site provides extensive information on various transfer programs including articulation agreements. Users can look-up agreements based on either the sending or receiving institution.
Some Numbers to Help You Find a College
There are 33 four-year Minnesota colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates according to the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System. Approximately 34 percent of students attend one of the 22 private colleges while 66 percent of students attend one of the 11 state institutions.
The private Minnesota colleges have an average four-year graduation rate of 56.7% and the public universities have an average five-year graduation rate of 46%. A total of 14 schools meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
College-bound seniors in Minnesota had an average 22.7 ACT Composite score with a 22.8 for English and 22.8 for Math. The 75th Percentile scores were a Composite of 26, 26 for English, and 27 for Math. A total of 20 colleges ACT 75th% Composite scores were at or above this level.
The top twenty colleges ACT test takers applied to:
- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- University of Minnesota-Duluth
- Minnesota State University Mankato
- St Cloud State University
- North Dakota State University
- Winona State University
- Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of Saint Thomas-Mn
- Bemidji State University
- University of North Dakota
- Iowa State University
- Univ of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- Augsburg College
- Minnesota State University Moorhead
- South Dakota State University
- Univ of Wisconsin-River Falls
- University of Minnesota-Morris
- Hamline University
- Bethel University
- Gustavus Adolphus College
Minnesota Colleges Conferences and Divisions
List of Minnesota Colleges
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in September of 2015 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Minnesota Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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