Colleges in Minnesota

Colleges in Minnesota are divided into two separate public post-secondary systems, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (MnSCU) and The University of Minnesota system. All Minnesota colleges are served by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, an agency responsible for assistance programs such as post-secondary financial aid for those students wanting to earn degrees from schools in Minnesota. This agency is a successor to Minnesota school's Higher Education services. The agency tracks data and information in addition to registering and licensing private post-secondary Minnesota schools of higher education. It is created by state law and is advised by two advisory councils.

The MnSCU system is comprised of 25 two-year colleges and seven four-year colleges located across the state. These Minnesota colleges provide general, occupational, baccalaureate, graduate and certain applied doctoral degrees. The MnSCU chancellor's office is headquartered in St. Paul.

The University of Minnesota has five campuses and is a major research institution. The system provides graduate, undergraduate and professional education as well as research outreach centers for Minnesota residents. Central administration and the main campus are located in the Twin Cities.

MnSCU is governed by a board of trustees and state law. By law, the state's governor appoints 15 trustees with the state Senate's advice and consent. Eight of the trustees must live in Minnesota's eight congressional districts respectively, and three members must be students in the system. The remaining trustees serve six-year terms that must be staggered. The board has all the power for governing the MnSCU system in addition to appointing the chancellor.

The University of Minnesota system of higher education is governed by a board of regents, state constitution and state laws. Twelve regents are elected by state legislature and serve staggered six-year terms. The board of regents has the power to manage all facilities in the system as well as appoint a university president.

Seventeen Minnesota colleges and universities were listed among the top 650 schools in the United States in the Forbes’ 2012 Best Colleges and Universities list. Two were among the top 100. Carleton College ranked 31st on the list. Carleton is a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota. Macalester College, a private undergraduate liberal arts college in St. Paul, ranked 78th on the list. St. Olaf College, ranked as 142nd, is a four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. It is also located in Northfield. The University of St. Thomas completes the state's top five at 172nd. It is a private Catholic liberal arts college located in St. Paul.

Economy

Timberlands, fur-trading and fertile prairie soil was at the heart of Minnesota's early industrial development. The state became the flour milling center of America in the late 1800s. After the turn of the century, the largest industries were canning and meat packing. Although the state's economy has diversified greatly over the years, food and food products are still important to the state's economy. Even though less than one percent of residents are employed in the agricultural sector, the state still ranks 6th in the nation for the value of products sold. It is the nation's leading producer of sweet corn, green peas, sugar beets and farm-raised turkeys for processing. Forestry remains important to the state's economy and includes logging and pulpwood processing for paper production.

Minnesota was at one time a significant producer of the world's iron ore. In 2004, 75 percent of the nation's usable iron ore came out of Minnesota which gave a boost to the port of Duluth. The port remains important for the shipping of coal, ore and agricultural products. Although the iron ore is now depleted, taconite mining continues.

In 1997, manufacturer's total value of shipments exceeded $78 billion. The twin cities in the Minnesota's southeastern had the heaviest concentration of industry. By the year 2003, Minnesota was headquarters for 13 Fortune 500 companies.

High technology industries and biomedical firms are important to the state's economy today. They have enhanced rather than replaced food processing and heavy industry. The state provides jobs and receives revenues from high-tech industries such as computer manufacturing, scientific instrument manufacturing, printing and publishing and fabricated metal production.

The earnings of Minnesota residents was $93.8 billion in 1997. The year 1998 brought a significant increase of 8.2 percent and raised the total earnings to $101.5 billion. The state's largest industries in 1998 were in services which accounted for 26.3 percent of all earnings. This was followed by durable goods manufacturing at 12.6 percent. State and local government jobs accounted for 10.8 percent of the earnings. In that decade, income from state and local government jobs showed the slowest job growth rate. Transportation and public utilities jobs had the fastest job growth rate.

The total value of shipments by manufacturers in 1997 exceeded $78 billion. Industry is concentrated in the state's southeast region, especially in the Twin Cities area. Minnesota is the headquarters of 13 Fortune 500 companies as of 2000.

Minnesota also produces ethanol fuel. It was the first US state to mandate a 10 percent mix of the fuel. By 2005 more than 310 gas stations across the state supplied E85 fuel. By December 2006, the state was the nation's fourth largest in the use of wind power.

Excellent higher education in Minnesota will likely contribute to the continuing growth and diversity of the state's economy in the future.

Found 165 Post-Secondary Schools In Minnesota


Title City State Type Enrollment
Accordion Concertina Repair School Duluth MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Anoka Flight Training Blaine MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Association Free Lutheran Bible School Plymouth MN 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bethany College of Missions Bloomington MN 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Cambridge Community College - Campus of Anoka - Ramsey Cambridge MN 2-year public No Data
Carlson Travel Academy Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Central Baptist Theological Seminary Plymouth MN 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Central Lakes College - Staples Campus Staples MN 2-year public No Data
Continental Auctioneers School North Mankato MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cosmetology Training Center Mankato MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cutting Edge Pet Grooming School Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Dearborn Financial Institute Bloomington MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hairdressers Educational Center Fairmont MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hastings Beauty School Hastings MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hazelden Foundation Center City MN 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Koehler and Dramms Institute of Floristry Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Methodist Hospital School of Radiologic Technology Minneapolis MN 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Midwest Aviation Marshall MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Minneapolis School of Massage and Bodywork Inc Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Study Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Minnesota Institute Acupuncture and Herbal Studies Bloomington MN 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Minnesota Multi Housing Association Bloomington MN Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Minnesota School of Barbering Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Minnesota School of Bartending Inc Saint Paul MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Minnesota School of Horseshoeing and Blacksmithing Ramsey MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical - Winona Winona MN 2-year public No Data
Minnesota State Community Technical College - Detroit Lakes Detroit Lakes MN 2-year public No Data
Minnesota State Community Technical College - Moorhead Moorhead MN 2-year public No Data
Minnesota State Community Technical College - Wadena Wadena MN 2-year public No Data
Moler Barber School of Hairstyling Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Newgate Education and Research Center Inc Minneapolis MN 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
North Memorial Medical Center School of Xray Techn Robbinsdale MN 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Northern Lights School of Massage Therapy Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Northwest Technical College - East Grand Forks East Grand Forks MN 2-year public No Data
Ridgewater College Hutchinson MN 2-year public No Data
Sister Rosalind Gefres School of Prof Massage Saint Paul MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sister Rosalind Gefres School of Prof Massage Rochester MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Sister Rosalind Gefres School of Prof Massage Mankato MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
South Central Technical College - Faribault Faribault MN 2-year public No Data
Tci Training Center Inc Golden Valley MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The Travel Academy Bloomington MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
White Earth Tribal and Community College Mahnomen MN 2-year public No Data
Wings Inc Saint Paul MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Saint Cloud Hospital School of Xray Technology Saint Cloud MN 2-year private, not-for-profit 2
Regions Hospital School of Ophthalmic Med Techn Saint Paul MN 2-year private, not-for-profit 11
Native American Educational Services - Twin Cities Minneapolis MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 12
Rice Memorial Hospital School of Xray Technology Willmar MN 2-year public 12
American Indian Oic Inc Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 14
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Sch of Rad Techn Minneapolis MN 2-year public 14
Regions Hospital Dietetic Internship Saint Paul MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 16
Ingenue Beauty School Moorhead MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit 19
Cosmetology Careers Unlimited - Duluth Duluth MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit 21
Cosmetology Careers Unlimited - Hibbing Hibbing MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit 22
Minnesota School of Cosmetology Oakdale MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit 28
Summit Academy Opportunities Industrialization Center Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 30
East Metro Opportunities Industrialization Center Saint Paul MN Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 34
Capella University Minneapolis MN 4-year private, for-profit 36
Northwest Technical Institute Eden Prairie MN 2-year private, for-profit 49
Apostolic Bible Institute Inc Saint Paul MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 54
Regency Beauty Institute Burnsville MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit 59
Rasmussen College - Eden Prairie Eden Prairie MN 2-year private, for-profit 67
Rasmussen College - St Cloud Saint Cloud MN 2-year private, for-profit 85
Scot Lewis Schools Plymouth MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit 85
Scot Lewis Schools - Bloomington Campus Bloomington MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit 88
Model College of Hair Design Saint Cloud MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit 90
Regency Beauty Institute Blaine MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit 107
Crossroads College Rochester MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 116
Regency Beauty Institute Waite Park MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit 125
Adler Graduate School Hopkins MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 128
Herzing College Minneapolis MN 2-year private, for-profit 133
Oak Hills Christian College Bemidji MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 150
Mayo Medical School Rochester MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 166
Rasmussen College - Mankato Mankato MN 2-year private, for-profit 166
Pillsbury Baptist Bible College Owatonna MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 184
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities New Brighton MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 215
Leech Lake Tribal College Cass Lake MN 2-year public 240
Mayo Graduate School Rochester MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 246
Mayo School of Health Related Sciences Rochester MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 248
Mcnally Smith College of Music Saint Paul MN 2-year private, for-profit 265
Duluth Business University Dultuh MN 2-year private, for-profit 267
College of Visual Arts Saint Paul MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 285
Lakeland Medical Dental Academy Inc - Division of Herzing College Minneapolis MN 2-year private, for-profit 286
Academy College Minneapolis MN 4-year private, for-profit 301
Minnesota School of Business - Brooklyn Center Brooklyn Center MN 2-year private, for-profit 306
Rasmussen College - Eagan Eagan MN 2-year private, for-profit 308
Minneapolis Business College Roseville MN 2-year private, for-profit 322
Minnesota School of Professional Psychology Minneapolis MN 4-year private, for-profit 337
Aveda Institute Minneapolis MN Less than 2-year private, for-profit 369
Nei College of Technology Columbia Heights MN 2-year private, not-for-profit 413
Bethany Lutheran College Mankato MN 2-year private, not-for-profit 440
National American University - Mall of America Bloomington MN 4-year private, for-profit 527
National American University - Roseville Roseville MN 4-year private, for-profit 586
Minneapolis College of Art and Design Minneapolis MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 615
Rainy River Community College International Falls MN 2-year public 617
Globe College Oakdale MN 2-year private, for-profit 642
Minnesota School of Business Richfield MN 2-year private, for-profit 701
Luther Seminary Saint Paul MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 743
The Art Institutes International Minnesota Minneapolis MN 4-year private, for-profit 760
Northwestern Health Sciences University Bloomington MN 4-year private, not-for-profit 866

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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