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Top Colleges in Minnesota

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

Some people know Minnesota as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. They don’t have quite as many colleges, but there are still plenty to choose from. Between large public schools like University of Minnesota and smaller liberal arts schools like Carleton and Macalester, Minnesota has you covered. Try browsing through our list of Minnesota colleges to find the school for you.

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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN • Public, City

Minneapolis, MN

Public, City

73% acceptance rate
30,734 undergraduate students
84% graduation rate
$17,419 average per year after aid
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Macalester College

Saint Paul, MN • Private, Non-Profit, City

Saint Paul, MN

Private, Non-Profit, City

31% acceptance rate
2,235 undergraduate students
90% graduation rate
$23,188 average per year after aid
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St Olaf College

Northfield, MN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Northfield, MN

Private, Non-Profit, Town

47% acceptance rate
2,955 undergraduate students
85% graduation rate
$22,278 average per year after aid
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Carleton College

Northfield, MN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Northfield, MN

Private, Non-Profit, Town

18% acceptance rate
2,008 undergraduate students
91% graduation rate
$31,800 average per year after aid
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Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Saint Peter, MN

Private, Non-Profit, Town

73% acceptance rate
2,251 undergraduate students
78% graduation rate
$18,044 average per year after aid
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College of Saint Benedict

Saint Joseph, MN • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Saint Joseph, MN

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

92% acceptance rate
1,535 undergraduate students
77% graduation rate
$26,679 average per year after aid
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University of Minnesota-Duluth

Duluth, MN • Public, City

Duluth, MN

Public, City

80% acceptance rate
8,084 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$17,313 average per year after aid
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Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN • Private, Non-Profit, City

Saint Paul, MN

Private, Non-Profit, City

76% acceptance rate
1,787 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$18,813 average per year after aid
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University of Minnesota-Morris

Morris, MN • Public, Town

Morris, MN

Public, Town

76% acceptance rate
1,189 undergraduate students
58% graduation rate
$11,035 average per year after aid
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The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, MN • Private, Non-Profit, City

Duluth, MN

Private, Non-Profit, City

74% acceptance rate
2,134 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$24,652 average per year after aid
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University of Minnesota-Crookston

Crookston, MN • Public, Town

Crookston, MN

Public, Town

48% acceptance rate
1,574 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$10,434 average per year after aid
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St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN • Private, Non-Profit, City

Saint Paul, MN

Private, Non-Profit, City

75% acceptance rate
2,546 undergraduate students
59% graduation rate
$19,206 average per year after aid
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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Winona, MN • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Winona, MN

Private, Non-Profit, Town

98% acceptance rate
1,216 undergraduate students
57% graduation rate
$20,556 average per year after aid
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Minnesota State University Moorhead

Moorhead, MN • Public, Suburb

Moorhead, MN

Public, Suburb

72% acceptance rate
3,778 undergraduate students
57% graduation rate
$17,653 average per year after aid
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Augsburg University

Minneapolis, MN • Private, Non-Profit, City

Minneapolis, MN

Private, Non-Profit, City

76% acceptance rate
2,346 undergraduate students
58% graduation rate
$24,052 average per year after aid
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Minnesota State University-Mankato

Mankato, MN • Public, City

Mankato, MN

Public, City

69% acceptance rate
11,500 undergraduate students
52% graduation rate
$17,488 average per year after aid
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Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN • Public, City

Saint Cloud, MN

Public, City

94% acceptance rate
6,054 undergraduate students
47% graduation rate
$14,300 average per year after aid
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Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, MN • Public, Town

Marshall, MN

Public, Town

91% acceptance rate
1,982 undergraduate students
48% graduation rate
$13,683 average per year after aid
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Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN • Public, Town

Bemidji, MN

Public, Town

75% acceptance rate
3,508 undergraduate students
48% graduation rate
$16,476 average per year after aid
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About the Data

We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

State grants in Minnesota

Minnesota State Grant

The Minnesota State Grant is awarded to Minnesota students based on financial need. There are more than 130 eligible Minnesota institutions where this grant can be applied, including public universities, technical colleges and community colleges. Students can apply for this grant through the FAFSA, and will be notified about their award status when they receive their federal financial aid offer. 

Minnesota Indian Scholarship

If you are a Michigan resident who is at least 1/4th Native American in Ancestry, or if you are a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Canadian First Nation, then you may be eligible for the Minnesota Indian Scholarship. Other eligibility criteria include being enrolled at ¾ the least or full time status at your institution and meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Minnesota tuition reciprocity agreements 

Minnesota is a part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). This organization comes from legislation that made it so 12 midwestern states can work together to provide tuition discounts. Most of these discounts come in the form of providing out-of-state students the opportunity to pay in-state tuition. 

Here are the states in the MHEC:

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Frequently asked questions about colleges in Minnesota

What is the hardest college in Minnesota to get into

 The school with the lowest acceptance rate in Minnesota is Carleton College, with only 18% of students being accepted. Even though a lower acceptance rate can be discouraging, don’t let it discourage you from applying. If you think this school may be a good fit, then it’s always worth a shot!

Does Minnsota have tuition reciprocity?

 Yes! Minnesota is a part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), which means if you are a student looking to study out-of-state, you may have the opportunity to study in one of the MHEC’s partner states at a discounted tuition rate.
 

Why should I study in Minnesota?

 Minnesota has a blend of both urban and rural areas, so depending on what kind of environment you would prefer, you’re likely to be able to find something that would suit you. One of the things Minnesota is most known for is its abundant lakes and rivers. This state also happens to be the hub for many big companies, such as Target, Best Buy and Medtronic, meaning a greater number of career opportunities with these brands. If you think Minnesota would be a good place to study, make sure to check out its tuition reciprocity agreements to see if you would qualify for discounted tuition!
 

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