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Best Colleges & Universities in Minnesota
Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2018

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To identify the Best Colleges in Minnesota for 2018 we averaged the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student review scores from around the web to produce a unique College Consensus rating for each school. You won’t find a more comprehensive ranking of the top colleges and universities in Minnesota anywhere. Read more about our rankings methodology and sources at our about page.

1

Carleton College

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81.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
81.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
82.4
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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2

Macalester College

Macalester
76.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
73.8
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
79
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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3

St Olaf College

St Olaf College
70.6
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
66.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Accessed July, 2018

4

College of Saint Benedict

CSaintBens
67.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
55.8
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
79.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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5

Saint Johns University

SJU MN
67.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
60
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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6

Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College
67
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
60.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
73.2
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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7

Bethel University (MN)

Bethel University
66.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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8

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

University Minnesota Twin Cities
64.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
56.4
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.2
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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9

Augsburg University

Ausburg
63.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
56
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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10

University of St Thomas (MN)

University of St Thomas
63.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
51.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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11

The College of Saint Scholastica

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63.1
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
51.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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12

University of Minnesota-Crookston

University of Minnesota Crookston
62.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
53
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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13

Concordia College at Moorhead

Concordia College at Moorhead
62.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
51.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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14

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
62.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
49.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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15

University of Minnesota-Morris

University of Minnesota Morris
61.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
48
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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16

St Catherine University

St Catherine University
61.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
51.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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16

Winona State University

Winona State University
61.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
51.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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18

Hamline University

Hamline University
60.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
55
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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19

Crown College

Crown College
60.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
77.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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20

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Minnesota State University Moorhead
58.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
45.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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20

North Central University

North Central University
58.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
44.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
73
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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22

University of Minnesota-Duluth

University of Minnesota Duluth
58.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
47.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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23

University of Northwestern-St Paul

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58.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
49
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
67.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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24

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud State University
53.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
39.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
67
STUDENT CONSENSUS
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25

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Minnesota State University Mankato
50.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
36
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
65.4
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Accessed July, 2018

Minnesota’s known for “nice,” and it’s true: if being one of the best educated, healthiest, wealthiest, and happiest states in the nation is “nice,” then that’s Minnesota to a T. When Minnesota became a state in 1858, the territory had already been settled by pioneering Swedes, Norwegians, and Germans who weren’t afraid of a little snow and ice. They brought with them a love for learning and a faith in hard work that set the stage for Minnesota’s education landscape.

Minnesota is tenth in the nation for the proportion of bachelor’s degree graduates, and the state’s high levels of health, wealth, and happiness are almost certainly tied to their high levels of education and work. Minnesota is home to some of the best colleges and universities in the nation, but they’re not just places for study and research; the best colleges in Minnesota are centers of culture, of community, and of creation. (And don’t forget, many of the nation’s best river and lake colleges – it’s got 10,00 of them, after all.) Everywhere Minnesotans turn, there is a top college or university, keeping Minnesota just the way it is – nice.

The Best of Minnesota, Minnesota’s Best Colleges

The best colleges and universities in Minnesota are dedicated to providing the people of the Midwest with the foundations they need for career and personal success. Minnesota is home to the University of Minnesota, one of the nation’s best public research universities and a center of learning, research, and culture for the Midwest. From building one of the best campus recreation centers in the US, to establishing a plan to be one of America’s best green colleges, The University of Minnesota puts the needs of its students, and the people of Minnesota, first.

But beyond the Twin Cities, Minnesota has built up a one of the best public university systems in the US, full of some of the most affordable schools and best regional institutions in the Midwest. UM system universities in Crookston, Morris, and Duluth; Minnestotat State University branches in Moorhead and Mankato; universities like Winona State University and Saint Cloud State University – these are the academic laborers, the ones who make sure that Minnesota’s people, all of them, can have a higher education if they want, wherever they want.

The Land of 10,000 Lakes is also filled with nationally-ranked, top-tier small liberal arts colleges like Carleton College and Macalester College. Most of them founded by the faithful Protestant and Catholic settlers who envisioned the future for their descendents that is actually seen in full flower today; the Lutheran and Catholic churches in particular have shaped Minnesota’s higher education. Lutheran institutions like St. Olaf College, Augsburg University, and Gustavus Adolphus College are among the top regional universities in the Midwest; St. Olaf itself is an embarrassment of riches (especially for a famously modest culture like Minnesota), ranked for its exceptional dining halls, beautiful college campus, and for doing great things as an underrated college. Minnestota also has a disproportiate number of the best Catholic colleges, including the College of St. Benedict (one of the nation’s best women’s colleges), Saint John’s University, and the University of St. Thomas.

The Future of “Nice”: The Best Colleges in Minnesota

They don’t give out awards for “nice,” or college ranking either, but the best colleges in Minnesota has proven to not only be nice, but amazing. The state’s investment in renewable and sustainable energy is one of the biggest investments in its future, and the state’s research universities are driving the technology forward. Once built on its natural resources, Minnesota is turning to technology and people to carry the state into its future. Make no mistake; Minnesota might be nice, but it’s the kind of nice you can be when you know just how great you are.