7 Most Popular Colleges in Minnesota

Find out what makes these Minnesota colleges popular with all types of students.

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Class sizes at St. Cloud State University are intimate — only 5 percent of classes have 50 students or more.

Minnesota is the state known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Coincidentally, this state has several colleges with well over 10,000 students. Besides the allure of water sports, what brings so many students to this Northern state for college? We’ll answer that along with more important questions, like tuition costs, in this list of popular Minnesota colleges.

7. Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 9,188

Cost: $4,442

Best Programs: Business and health services.

Fun Fact: Minneapolis Community and Technical College is the most ethnically diverse college in Minnesota.

6. University of St. Thomas

Type of College: Private university

Enrollment: 6,175

Cost: $32,035

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 43 percent of students are enrolled of one of these programs.

Fun Fact: At the University of St. Thomas, more than 90 percent of all undergraduates and 95 percent of freshmen receive financial aid.

5. Capella University

Type of College: For-profit institution

Enrollment: 7,487

Cost: $11,700

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 39 percent of students are enrolled of one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Almost twice as many women than men are enrolled at Capella University.

4. University of Minnesota, Duluth

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 10,680

Cost: $11,616 (in-state), $14,126 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 21 percent of students are enrolled of one of these programs.

Fun Fact: University of Minnesota Duluth offers great research opportunities through outreach centers like the Natural Resources Research Institute and the Center for Economic Development.

3. Minnesota State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 13,683

Cost: $7,532 (in-state), $15,010 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Education, business, management, marketing and related support services — 30 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Minnesota State University was voted as one of the 100 best campuses for LGBT students by The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students.

2. Saint Cloud State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 15,536

Cost: $7,105 (in-state), $14,400 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 28 percent of students are enrolled of one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Class sizes at St. Cloud State University are intimate — only 5 percent of classes have 50 students or more.

1. University of Minnesota

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 34,812

Cost: $13,022 (in-state), $18,022 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Social sciences and engineering — 24 percent of students are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: [http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.html University of Minnesota has a Four-Year Graduation Plan that guarantees students get access to the classes they need to graduate on time. If the classes aren’t available, the university pays for the extra credits.

Quick Facts

  • The University of Minnesota is one of the top 10 largest universities in the U.S. according to student enrollment.
  • Although Walden University’s campus in Minneapolis has less than 9,000 students, there are over 48,000 students enrolled nationwide thanks to the school’s online program offerings.
  • Minnesota has some wonderful scholarship opportunities for students, so be sure to do some research if you need financial aid for tuition.

Stats source: CollegeStats and U.S. News and World Report.

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