Best Small Colleges in Minnesota 2022

Small colleges in Minnesota are a great option for students interested in a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Whether the focus is on the technical or on the liberal arts, small colleges give you the chance to pursue a well-rounded education while working closely with classmates and professors in a dynamic community atmosphere.

Best Small Colleges in Minnesota 2022

Colleges and Universities in California

California’s higher education institutes span across the entire state, allowing students to study by the beach, in the forest, in small towns, and in large cities. There are over 30 high quality online degrees programs that would literally allow you to study from anywhere in California, or the world. The largest university, the University of California, Los Angeles, serves nearly 44,000 students and offers a tuition rate around $13,000. This isn’t the only school with a large student body though. California is home to 23 colleges and universities with student populations of over 20,000 students.

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However, more than half of the state’s schools serve smaller student populations, offering plenty of options for students who crave a more intimate campus experience. Additionally, California boasts 50 religiously affiliated schools. Many of these schools have high graduation rates, though tuition costs can range greatly, from $8,000 at Bethesda University up to $54,000 at Pepperdine University.

Additionally, many of California’s colleges and universities boast influential faculty and alumni, including Neil Armstrong, Jerry Lewis, and Weird Al Yankovic. In addition to famous alumni and professors, California’s schools are also home to some of the country’s top degree programs, including nursing, business, religious studies, education, literature, and law.

Though Hollywood has given an inside look into California’s most popular landmarks and attractions, these one-of-a-kind places aren’t the only reason people flock to The Golden State. With hundreds of colleges and universities to choose from, students have countless opportunities to further their education in California.

To learn more about earning your degree in California, check out some of the state’s top programs and career paths.


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The following list of the best small colleges and universities in Minnesota is composed mainly of four-year undergraduate schools (though a handful also offer graduate programs). We’ve identified 22 small colleges in Minnesota. The list below of the 30 best small colleges in Minnesota. To be included schools must fully accredited, and must have student body populations below 5,000 students.

How do we determine Minnesota's best small colleges and universities?

Methodology

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.

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Best Small Colleges in Minnesota 2022

  1. #1

    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. #3

    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

  3. #4

    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

  4. #5

    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

  5. #6

    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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  6. #7

    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

  7. 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

  8. 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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  9. #10

    St. Catherine University

    Saint Paul , MN

    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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  10. #11

    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

  11. 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

  12. #13

    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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. #16

    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

  16. 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

  17. #18

    North Central University

    Minneapolis , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1077/21

    What is North Central University known for?

    North Central University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. #19

    Bethany Lutheran College

    Mankato , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/23

    What is Bethany Lutheran College known for?

    Bethany Lutheran College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Medical
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. #20

    Dunwoody College of Technology

    Minneapolis , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $24K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Dunwoody College of Technology known for?

    Dunwoody College of Technology’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  20. #21

    Concordia University, St. Paul

    Saint Paul , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $24K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Concordia University, St. Paul known for?

    Concordia University, St. Paul’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Sociology
    • Literature
    • History
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  21. #22

    Crown College

    Saint Bonifacius , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    47%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/20

    What is Crown College known for?

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

    • Social Work
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • History
    • Education
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

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Minnesota’s Best Small College in Your Area of Interest

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

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