Education: Quality Institutions are the Heart of Our Success
High Quality Pre-K to 12 Education
- In 2020, ranked 3rd nationwide in the Kid Count Report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
- Minnesota’s 4th graders ranked first and 8th graders ranked 2nd in mathematics in 2019, based on National Assessment of Educational Progress.
- In 2019, Minnesota ranked 1st in ACT test scores among nearly 20 states that had 95% or more of graduating high school students take the college entrance exam.
Robust Network of Higher Education Institutions
- Minnesota has top-notch research institutions and a robust system of universities and community, technical and comprehensive colleges across the state. More than 100 post-secondary institutions in Minnesota offer advanced degrees. In 2017 (most recent data), nearly 244,450 undergraduate students and 44,300 graduate students were enrolled in higher education programs in Minnesota.
The leading types of institutions by enrollment were:
- University of Minnesota: 41,140 undergraduate students and 12,130 graduate students in spring 2020 across five campuses of this public research university.
- Private colleges and universities: 40,390 undergraduate students and 15,715 graduate students in fall 2019 at 17 independent institutions.
- Minnesota State: 142,580 undergraduate students and 6,820 graduate students in 2017 (most recent data) at 37 public colleges and universities.