Minnesota Colleges and Universities


Colleges and Universities in Minnesota

Minnesota likes to do things big: The state is home to the Mall of America, the largest indoor shopping center in the U.S. with more than 500 stores and 50 restaurants. Minnesota offers a similar variety in higher education, with more than 30 public colleges and universities on 54 campuses--located in major metropolitan areas like the Twin Cities as well as smaller cities such as Marshall and St. Cloud. When it comes time for a break from your studies--whether they be at a university, community college or other type of school-- Minnesota has a variety of opportunities for you to explore your passions. Winter weather may be famously dramatic in Minnesota, but the state has more than 20,000 miles of snowmobile trails as well as cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and ice fishing locations.


Career outlook for those with a college degree

In addition to the Mall of America, Minnesota is home to the corporate headquarters of the retail chain Target, which was founded in Minneapolis in 1962. These retail giants could have promising opportunities in business and other career paths. Other areas where you could look for opportunities to use your job skills are in Minnesota's largest economic sectors, which include education, health services, government jobs, and trade, transportation and utilities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some of the fastest growing occupations requiring a bachelor's degree training or more in Minnesota include jobs for accountants and auditors, computer software engineers--applications; management analysts; network systems and data communications analysts; physicians and surgeons; and postsecondary teachers. These fields are all expected to experience growth from nine to 17 percent or more between 2008 to 2018 - growth that is considered at or above average. Some of the representative mean annual wages for these fields in Minnesota include, according to May 2010 BLS data:

  1. Accountants and auditors: $62,120
  2. Computer systems analysts: $76,020
  3. Management analysts: $88,550
  4. Physicians and surgeons: $225,410
  5. Postsecondary psychology teachers: $70,890
  6. Software developers--applications: $88,490

During the economic downtown, the public colleges and universities through the state experienced increases in student enrollment, especially for those students age 25 to 34. That means adults are looking for stable job opportunities and ways to get ahead. You, too, can look toward your future with an education through one of the state's colleges or universities.

See also: Minnesota Vocational Schools and Career Training

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            Bethel University
            St. Paul, Minnesota; also San Diego, CA and Dresher, PA. Business, theology, health care, music, education. www.bethel.edu
            Alexandria Technical College
            Alexandria, Minnesota www.alextech.edu
            Anoka Technical College
            Anoka, Minnesota www.anokatech.edu
            Anoka-Ramsey Community College
            Minneapolis, Cambridge, Coon Rapids, Minnesota www.anokaramsey.edu
            Apostolic Bible Institute Inc
            St. Paul, Minnesota www.apostolic.org
            Augsburg College
            Minneapolis, Minnesota www.augsburg.edu
            Bemidji State University
            Bemidji, Minnesota www.bemidjistate.edu
            Bethany Lutheran College
            Mankato, Minnesota www.blc.edu
            Carleton College
            Northfield, Minnesota www.carleton.edu
            Central Lakes College
            Brainerd, Staples, Minnesota www.clcmn.edu
            Century College
            White Bear Lake, Minnesota www.century.edu
            College of Saint Benedict | Saint John's University
            Collegeville, St. Joseph, Minnesota www.csbsju.edu
            College of St Catherine
            St. Paul, Minneapolis www.stkate.edu
            College of Visual Arts
            St. Paul, Minnesota www.cva.edu
            Concordia College at Moorhead
            Moorhead, Minnesota www.cord.edu
            Concordia University - Saint Paul
            Saint Paul, Minnesota www.csp.edu
            Crossroads College
            Rochester, Minnesota www.crossroadscollege.edu
            Crown College
            Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota www.crown.edu
            Dakota County Technical College
            Rosemount, Minnesota www.dctc.mnscu.edu
            Dunwoody College of Technology
            Minneapolis, Minnesota www.dunwoody.edu
            Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
            Cloquet, Minnesota www.fdltcc.edu
            Gustavus Adolphus College
            St. Peter, Minnesota www.gustavus.edu
            Hamline University
            St. Paul, Minnesota www.hamline.edu
            Hibbing Community College
            Hibbing, Minnesota www.hibbing.edu
            Inver Hills Community College
            Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota www.inverhills.edu
            Itasca Community College
            Grand Rapids, Minnesota www.itasca.mnscu.edu
            Lake Superior College
            Duluth, Minnesota www.lsc.edu
            Leech Lake Tribal College
            Cass Lake, Minnesota www.lltc.edu
            MacAlester College
            St. Paul, Minnesota www.macalester.edu
            Martin Luther College
            New Ulm, Minnesota www.mlc-wels.edu
            McNally Smith College of Music
            Saint Paul, Minnesota www.mcnallysmith.edu
            Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
            Virginia, Minnesota www.mr.mnscu.edu
            Metropolitan State University
            St. Paul, Minneapolis, Midway, Minnesota www.metrostate.edu
            Minneapolis College of Art and Design
            Minneapolis, Minnesota; also offers international internships www.mcad.edu
            Minneapolis Community and Technical College
            Minneapolis, Minnesota www.minneapolis.edu
            Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
            Winona, Red Wing, Minnesota www.southeastmn.edu
            Minnesota State Community and Technical College
            Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead, Wadena, MN www.minnesota.edu
            Minnesota State University - Mankato
            Mankato, Minnesota www.mnsu.edu
            Minnesota State University - Moorhead
            Moorhead, Minnesota www.mnstate.edu
            Minnesota West Community and Technical College
            Granite Falls, Canby, Jackson, Pipestone, Worthington, MN www.mnwest.edu
            National American University - Brooklyn Center
            Minneapolis, Minnesota www.national.edu
            National American University - Mall of America
            Minneapolis, Minnesota www.national.edu
            National American University - Roseville
            St. Paul, Minnesota www.national.edu
            Normandale Community College
            Bloomington (Minneapolis), Minnesota www.normandale.edu
            North Central University
            Minneapolis, Minnesota www.northcentral.edu
            North Hennepin Community College
            Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Minnesota www.nhcc.edu
            Northland Community and Technical College
            Thief River Falls, Minnesota www.northlandcollege.edu
            Northwest Technical College
            Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, Wadena, Minnesota www.ntcmn.edu
            University of Northwestern – St. Paul
            Saint Paul, Minnesota www.unwsp.edu
            Northwestern Health Sciences University
            Minneapolis, Minnesota www.nwhealth.edu
            Oak Hills Christian College
            Bemidji, Minnesota www.oakhills.edu
            Pillsbury Baptist Bible College
            Owatonna, Minnesota www.pillsbury.edu
            Pine Technical College
            Pine City, Minnesota www.pinetech.edu
            Rainy River Community College
            International Falls, Minnesota www.rrcc.mnscu.edu
            Ridgewater College
            Willmar, Hutchinson, Minnesota www.ridgewater.edu
            Riverland Community College
            Austin, Albert Lea, Owatonna, Minnesota www.riverland.edu
            Rochester Community and Technical College
            Rochester, Minnesota www.rctc.edu
            Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
            Winona, Minneapolis, Rochester, MN www.smumn.edu
            Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College
            St. Paul, Minnesota www.saintpaul.edu
            South Central College
            Faribault, North Mankato, Minnesota www.southcentral.edu
            Southwest Minnesota State University
            Marshall, MN www.smsu.edu
            St. Cloud State University
            St. Cloud, Minnesota www.stcloudstate.edu
            St. Cloud Technical College
            St. Cloud, Minnesota www.sctc.edu