Minnesota Public Colleges and Universities

Public Colleges in Minnesota

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Winter climate may be notably dramatic in Minnesota, but the state has snowmobile trails as well as cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and ice fishing for those pursuing their studies in the state. Minnesota public colleges and universities offer degree programs for a wide variety of disciplines in major metropolitan areas like the Twin Cities as well as smaller cities such as Marshall and St. Cloud, but if you are interested in anything mining or technology related, this is the place to go. Just look at the multinational 3M Corporation (Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing) to get a better understanding of why this is.

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Over the years, Minnesota has proven time and time again that it is a leader in the world of science, engineering, and industry (no disrespect to Detroit, Michigan). The state invests a great deal of resources to make sure that college students have access to some of the best facilities in the world.

There are nearly 200 post-secondary institutions in the state of Minnesota. The Twin Cities campus of the public University of Minnesota (U of M) is the largest university in the state with 51,721 enrolled for fall 2010, making it the fourth-largest American campus by enrollment size. The U of M has four other campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), which does not include the U of M, comprises 31 public universities and colleges on 54 campuses.

All publicly funded four-year, degree-granting institutions in Minnesota operate within the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities systems, the former being one of the largest employers in the state. All schools within the state are overseen by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education , which is responsible for licensing private institutions, students access to financial aid and information on institutions and producing independent statewide information on higher education.

The majority of Minnesota's post-secondary institutions are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), but 22 have received accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).Most are accredited by multiple agencies, such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National League for Nursing (NLNAC), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

University of Minnesota campuses:

  • University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • University of Minnesota, Morris
  • University of Minnesota, Crookston
  • University of Minnesota, Rochester

Four Year Schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System:

  • Bemidji State University
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead
  • Metropolitan State University (Minneapolis and Saint Paul)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall)
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Winona State University

Of the public colleges and universities in Minnesota, the most popular is the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the most expensive public school in Minnesota.

Looking to enroll in an online college to earn your online college degree? Searching for the convenience distance learning programs have to offer? The state of Minnesota offers you the college programs you want. Minnesota ranks 12th out of the 50 states in percentage of people with a bachelor's degree. Find the right program for you today.

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