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93 Schools in Minnesota Match Your Criteria

  1. School Name Tuition & Fees Years Accredited Student Population School Type Degree Levels
  2. School Name

    National American University-Burnsville

    Burnsville, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,459
    Years Accredited
    3 (2011)
    Student Population
    151
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  3. School Name

    National American University-Roseville

    Roseville, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $12,459
    Years Accredited
    39 (1974)
    Student Population
    841
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  4. School Name

    Normandale Community College

    Bloomington, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,694
    Years Accredited
    41 (1973)
    Student Population
    14,595
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  5. School Name

    North Hennepin Community College

    Brooklyn Park, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,447
    Years Accredited
    42 (1972)
    Student Population
    10,671
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  6. School Name

    Northland Community and Technical College

    Thief River Falls, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,502
    Years Accredited
    38 (1976)
    Student Population
    5,328
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  7. School Name

    Northwest Technical College

    Bemidji, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,482
    Years Accredited
    19 (1995)
    Student Population
    2,361
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  8. School Name

    Northwestern College

    Saint Paul, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $26,960
    Years Accredited
    36 (1978)
    Student Population
    3,664
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  9. School Name

    Oak Hills Christian College

    Bemidji, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $14,670
    Years Accredited
    24 (1990)
    Student Population
    142
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  10. School Name

    Pine Technical College

    Pine City, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $4,065
    Years Accredited
    20 (1994)
    Student Population
    1,849
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  11. School Name

    Rainy River Community College

    International Falls, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,323
    Years Accredited
    17 (1997)
    Student Population
    452
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  12. School Name

    Rasmussen College-Minnesota

    St. Cloud, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $14,270
    Years Accredited
    34 (1979)
    Student Population
    9,347
    School Type
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    Bachelors
    School Website
  13. School Name

    Ridgewater College

    Willmar, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,375
    Years Accredited
    18 (1996)
    Student Population
    5,762
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  14. School Name

    Riverland Community College

    Austin, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,522
    Years Accredited
    42 (1972)
    Student Population
    4,932
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  15. School Name

    Rochester Community and Technical College

    Rochester, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,608
    Years Accredited
    54 (1960)
    Student Population
    8,207
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  16. School Name

    Saint Cloud State University

    Saint Cloud, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $7,472
    Years Accredited
    67 (1947)
    Student Population
    20,895
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  17. School Name

    Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Winona, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $28,320
    Years Accredited
    80 (1934)
    Student Population
    7,821
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  18. School Name

    Saint Paul College-A Community and Technical College

    Saint Paul, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,199
    Years Accredited
    31 (1983)
    Student Population
    9,855
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  19. School Name

    South Central College

    North Mankato, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $5,355
    Years Accredited
    49 (1964)
    Student Population
    6,152
    School Type
    Public, 2-year
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Associates
    School Website
  20. School Name

    Southwest Minnesota State University

    Marshall, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $8,074
    Years Accredited
    42 (1972)
    Student Population
    7,909
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    School Website
  21. School Name

    St Catherine University

    Saint Paul, MN
    Tuition & Fees
    $33,176
    Years Accredited
    98 (1916)
    Student Population
    6,046
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Associates
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
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College Costs

College costs in Minnesota have risen steadily over the last few years, but at a lower rate than much of the rest of the country. For instance, while the average cost of a four-year public school in the U.S. rose 42% between 2006 and 2011, tuition costs for the same type of school in Minnesota only rose by 32.6%. Students attending public 2-year schools had it even better, since Minnesota was one of only nine states with a less than 4% tuition increase per year over the same time period. The University of Minnesota, the state's biggest school, saw a 65% increase in its tuition from 2002-2012. Some of the reasons given for that significant increase are expanded spending on non-classroom-related costs over the last decade, as well as the University's decision to hire numerous additional faculty and staff members.

College Enrollment

Enrollment at public universities in Minnesota in the recent past has been fairly consistent with national averages: between 2005 and 2010, enrollment across the U.S. increased by 16.3%, while Minnesota's enrollment increased by 14.7%. Both the state and country saw a 2.2% enrollment increase between 2009 and 2010. However, recent years suggest a dip in Minnesota's enrollment rates. While an upward enrollment trend carried into 2011, enrollment rates dropped in 2012 and 2013, leaving the state with enrollment at approximately its 2008 level.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • Minnesota College Savings Plan: The state 529 plan allows students and families to invest in college years before the money is needed. This plan includes tax benefits and is administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • GetReady!: Touted as an "early intervention and college awareness program," this state- and federally-funded Minnesota organization works with fourth through tenth grade students to increase the students' chances of attending a college or university. The organization works especially with demographic groups that are underrepresented in higher education.
    • National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth: This national nonprofit is based in Minneapolis, MN, and it aims to educate children who find themselves without a home. Through advocacy, a large volunteer network, and the provision of social services, NAEHCY works to provide education to all and help homeless children move through school and on to postsecondary institutions.
    • NorthStar Education Finance: This St. Paul nonprofit helps students looking to attend college or university manage their finances. It provides loan and payment resources, as well as advice on affording postsecondary education.
  4. Higher Education News

    • Minnesota Public News, Education: The state's highly respected public news organization includes a print and listening section devoted to education, both K-12 and postsecondary.
    • Education Week Minnesota: A national publication, this well-known magazine includes a state-specific filter, providing an abundance of higher education news from Minnesota.
    • Minnesota Office of Higher Education News and Events: The state office in charge of postsecondary education curates a list of recent news related to colleges and universities in Minnesota.

Higher Education in Minnesota

Minnesota Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 62% Minnesota
      Graduation Rate
    • 22.8 ACT Minnesota
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in Minnesota

  • MN US
    Public 2-Year
  • MN US
    Public 4-Year
  • MN US
    Private 4-year

Minnesota Institutions

  • MN US
    Degree-Granting Institutions
  • MN US
    Public
    Institutions
  • MN US
    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
  • MN US
    Private For-Profit Institutions

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