Minnesota Colleges

More than 150 colleges, universities and technical schools make up the selection of post secondary education options in Minnesota. Much of the state’s population is located in Minneapolis and much of the state’s schools are located there, too. That said, Duluth, Saint Cloud and Rochester, which are all outside of the Twin Cities, also have significant populations and selections of schools. Many of the public colleges in Minnesota are part of the 32-institutions strong Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, including Winona State University, Saint Cloud State University and Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Several community colleges are part of the system as well: Normandale Community College, Century College, Saint Paul and others. Many Minnesota colleges, both public and private, have excellent reputations earning spots on lists of best colleges including the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and liberal art schools Carleton College and Macalester College.

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Minnesota College and Degree Offerings

The University of Minnesota, which has five campuses, and Minnesota State University are two of the top schools in the state and two of the largest offering a multitude of majors and degree programs to choose from. But students interested in other types of Minnesota colleges will find many other options as well. About a dozen liberal art schools including the all women’s St. Catherine University and University of St Thomas, Saint Paul offer impressive bachelors degrees and masters degrees. The selection of community colleges in Minnesota is also vast with over 25 throughout the state. Career-focused educations are found at career colleges and technical schools with 2-year career training degrees presenting an opportunity to learn specific skills for jobs that are in demand.

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To provide you with the most accurate and helpful facts, our Top 10 Most Popular results are based on a combination of program or major graduation data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education, and the popularity of a school on our web site.

Minnesota Career Opportunities

With the Mall of America and many top companies headquartered here including Target, General Mills, 3M and UnitedHealth Group, graduates of Minnesota colleges will find ample career opportunities in the state. For careers in business, the University of Minnesota – Carlson offers both undergraduate programs in General Business, Management, Finance and Business Administration and Management as well as a top-rated MBA program. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester is one of the most well-respected medical research and treatment centers in the country. Many medical students can find work there and in other healthcare facilities statewide. Degrees in Healthcare Administration, Health/Medical Assisting Services, Nursing and Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (LPN, LVN, Cert, Dipl, AAS) are smart choices to explore at the colleges in Minnesota. Psychology professionals are also in demand in the state along with Mental & Social Health Services workers. Whether you look for work in Twin Cities or beyond, you’ll find work after graduating from one of the state’s college or university programs.