With 31.5 percent of its population that has completed a bachelor's degree, Minnesota ranks 11th nationwide, according to the Census Bureau (2009).
That’s no surprise.
There are 180 public and private postsecondary institutions in Minnesota. The institutions include some of the most admired colleges and universities in the nation and renowned programs that draw students from nearly every corner of the globe including:
Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Basic Series, 2009.
The University serves more than 67,000 students and offers more than 370 degree programs. Campuses are located in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, Crookston and Rochester.
In addition, there are 10 U of M research and outreach centers and 16 regional extension offices throughout the state.
University of Minnesota Fall Enrollment (2010)
First Professional 3,988
Source: University of Minnesota.
U of M ranks as the 11th public research university in a 2009 report.
Considering both public and private universities, the U of M is ranked 15th, surpassing prestigious private institutions such as the University of Chicago (22nd) and Princeton University (23rd).
The U of M spent $624.1 million in research in 2007, exceeding other top institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($614.4 million) and Harvard University ($451.3 million).
Source: The Center For Measuring University Performance, University of Florida.
The colleges and universities operate 54 campuses in 47 Minnesota communities and serve 277,000 students in credit-based courses. Overall, the system produces about 34,700 graduates each year.
In addition to credit-based courses, the system offers customized training programs that serve about 179,500 employees from 6,000 Minnesota businesses each year.
Some MnSCU Fast Facts
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Educate:
Source: Amazing Facts, 2010. Minnesota State Colleges And Universities.
Minnesota's private colleges and universities are among the best in the country.
Students at Minnesota's private colleges accounted for 30 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in the state (9,334) and 39 percent of all graduate degrees (5,176) in the school year 2009-2010
In the fall of 2010, more than 60,300 students were enrolled in Minnesota's private colleges and universities. About 71 percent (43,024 students) were undergraduate while 29 percent (17,300 students) were graduate.
Enrollment In Minnesota's Private Colleges and Universities (Fall 2010)
University of St. Thomas 10,839
Saint Mary's University 6,058
St. Catherine University 5,328
Hamline University 5,003
Bethel University 4,397
All Other Private Colleges 28,699
The private colleges and universities offer a broad array of majors and award the following share of bachelor’s degrees in Minnesota:
For graduate degrees statewide, the private colleges award:
Source: Minnesota Private College Council.