Most Affordable Colleges in Minnesota 2022

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in Minnesota. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

Most Affordable 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.

There are 13 affordable colleges and universities in Minnesota with stated tuitions and fees under $20,000/year. The following list of the most affordable colleges and universities in Minnesota is composed entirely of schools offering bachelor’s degree programs, have stated tuition and fees near or under the national average of $16,000/year, and are fully accredited colleges.

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Most Affordable Colleges in Minnesota 2022

These schools are ranked by academic excellence, and all under $20,000/year.

  1. 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

  2. #3

    Walden University

    Minneapolis , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Graduation

    100%

    Student body

    40K

    What is Walden University known for?

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

    • Social Work
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. #6

    Capella University

    Minneapolis , MN

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Student body

    30K

    What is Capella University known for?

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

    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Social Work
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #7

    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

  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. #9

    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

  9. #10

    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

  10. #11

    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

  11. 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

  12. 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

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Minnesota’s Most Affordable Colleges in Your Area of Interest

2021 Ranking Archive
  1. Metropolitan State University
  2. Minnesota State University, Mankato
  3. St. Cloud State University
  4. Minnesota State University Moorhead
  5. Southwest Minnesota State University
  6. Bemidji State University
  7. Winona State University
  8. Walden University
  9. University of Minnesota Crookston
  10. University of Minnesota Morris
  11. University of Minnesota Duluth
  12. Capella University
  13. University of Minnesota

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