Best Colleges in Minnesota 2022

Here are the best colleges and universities in Minnesota. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you.

Best Colleges in Minnesota 2022

Colleges and Universities in Minnesota

One of largest public higher education institutes in the country, the University of Minnesota has main campuses in both of the Twin Cities, Saint Paul and Minneapolis. This school costs about $15,000 in tuition, and provides its students with competitive programs in fields like nursing, education, economics, and psychology. And the options don’t stop there. There are more than 20 schools in the state with religious affiliations, including larger schools like the University of St. Thomas, which campuses in both Twin Cities, and smaller schools like Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji.

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For students striving to keep costs low in a smaller school environment, Southwest Minnesota State University offers tuition below the national average and serves about 3,500 students. Additionally, those on track to become a teacher or health care provider may be eligible for one of Minnesota’s loan forgiveness programs after graduation. Minnesota also boasts a large network of private colleges, two of which, Walden University and Capella University, primarily cater to online students.

Ever heard the phrase, There’s an app for that? Well, in Minnesota they say something similar, There’s a festival for that. This fun state doesn’t hold back when it comes to celebrating. With events like the Grumpy Old Men Festival, World Festival, and the Perham Turtle Fest, students earning their degrees at one of Minnesota’s more than 70 colleges won’t miss out on a good time.

Discover some of Minnesota’s top programs and learn how you can earn your associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree while cashing in on some of this state’s unique experiences.


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The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence in their fields of study.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is freer from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

We’ve identified 32 colleges and universities in Minnesota that meet our criteria. This list of the top 25 colleges in Minnesota below focuses on schools that offer bachelor’s degrees. The ranking features fully accredited public and private colleges and universities in Minnesota.

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Best Colleges in Minnesota 2022

  1. #2

    Carleton College

    Northfield , MN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    21%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1450/32

    What is Carleton College known for?

    Carleton College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Earth Sciences
    • Sociology
    • Philosophy
    • Anthropology
    • Literature
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  2. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/23

    What is University of Minnesota Duluth known for?

    University of Minnesota Duluth’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Sciences
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • History
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #5

    University of St. Thomas

    Saint Paul , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    80%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/26

    What is University of St. Thomas known for?

    University of St. Thomas ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Law
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Social Work
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #6

    Hamline University

    Saint Paul , MN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/22

    What is Hamline University known for?

    Hamline University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Law
    • Economics
    • Mathematics
    • Anthropology
    • Physics
    • Education
    • Business
    • Literature
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #7

    St. Olaf College

    Northfield , MN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $53K

    Acceptance

    51%

    Graduation

    85%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1310/29

    What is St. Olaf College known for?

    St. Olaf College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Physics
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Economics
    • Chemistry
    • Social Work
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #8

    Gustavus Adolphus College

    Saint Peter , MN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $50K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Gustavus Adolphus College known for?

    Gustavus Adolphus College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • History
    • Economics
    • Sociology
    • Physics
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    13K

    What is Minnesota State University, Mankato known for?

    Minnesota State University, Mankato’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Anthropology
    • Mathematics
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/21

    What is Minnesota State University Moorhead known for?

    Minnesota State University Moorhead’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Sociology
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #11

    St. Cloud State University

    Saint Cloud , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1064/21

    What is St. Cloud State University known for?

    St. Cloud State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Communications
    • Business
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #12

    Concordia College

    Moorhead , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1149/24

    What is Concordia College known for?

    Concordia College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Physics
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • Nursing
    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

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  11. #13

    Augsburg University

    Minneapolis , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/20

    What is Augsburg University known for?

    Augsburg University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Social Work
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    What is University of Minnesota Morris known for?

    University of Minnesota Morris’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Earth Sciences
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Chemistry
    • History
    • Physics
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. Tuition + fees

    $50K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    85%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1147/25

    What is College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University known for?

    College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • History
    • Physics
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

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  14. #16

    St. Catherine University

    Saint Paul , MN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    What is St. Catherine University known for?

    St. Catherine University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  15. #17

    Winona State University

    Winona , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/21

    What is Winona State University known for?

    Winona State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Earth Sciences
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Social Work
    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. #18

    Bemidji State University

    Bemidji , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Bemidji State University known for?

    Bemidji State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • History
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  17. Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1113/23

    What is Saint Mary's University of Minnesota known for?

    Saint Mary's University of Minnesota’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Social Work
    • Communications
    • Physics
    • Philosophy
    • Economics
    • Computer Science
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. #20

    Metropolitan State University

    Saint Paul , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    6K

    What is Metropolitan State University known for?

    Metropolitan State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
    • Medical
    • Sociology
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. #21

    Bethel University

    Saint Paul , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1160/24

    What is Bethel University known for?

    Bethel University ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Physics
    • Philosophy
    • Chemistry
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  20. Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    2K

    What is University of Minnesota Crookston known for?

    University of Minnesota Crookston’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  21. Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    997/21

    What is Southwest Minnesota State University known for?

    Southwest Minnesota State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • Philosophy
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  22. #24

    College of St. Scholastica

    Duluth , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    4K

    What is College of St. Scholastica known for?

    College of St. Scholastica’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  23. Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1220/24

    What is University of Northwestern – St. Paul known for?

    University of Northwestern – St. Paul’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Social Work
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Carleton College
  2. University of Minnesota
  3. Macalester College
  4. University of Minnesota Morris
  5. St. Olaf College
  6. Hamline University
  7. College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
  8. Gustavus Adolphus College
  9. University of St. Thomas
  10. Augsburg University
  11. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  12. Concordia College
  13. Bethel University
  14. University of Minnesota Duluth
  15. St. Catherine University
  16. Southwest Minnesota State University
  17. Concordia University, St. Paul
  18. University of Northwestern – St. Paul
  19. Minnesota State University, Mankato
  20. College of St. Scholastica
  21. Dunwoody College of Technology
  22. Winona State University
  23. University of Minnesota Crookston
  24. Bethany Lutheran College