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Best Colleges & Universities in Minnesota
Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2019

Consensus Ranked Minnesota 2019

To identify the Best Colleges in Minnesota for 2019 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
Northfield, MN

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80.8
College Consensus
80
Publisher Consensus
81.5
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

2

Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN

Macalester
76.3
College Consensus
72.8
Publisher Consensus
79.9
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

3

St Olaf College
Northfield, MN

St Olaf College
70.4
College Consensus
65.9
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

4

College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph, MN

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69.6
College Consensus
59.8
Publisher Consensus
79.4
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

5

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

University Minnesota Twin Cities
68
College Consensus
62.8
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

6

Gustavus Adolphus College
Saint Peter, MN

Gustavus Adolphus College
68
College Consensus
61.6
Publisher Consensus
74.5
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

7

Saint Johns University
Collegeville, MN

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66.8
College Consensus
58.5
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

8

Bethel University (MN)
Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University
66
College Consensus
58.4
Publisher Consensus
73.6
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

9

St Catherine University
Saint Paul, MN

St Catherine University
64.9
College Consensus
58.9
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

10

Concordia College at Moorhead
Moorhead, MN

Concordia College at Moorhead
64.7
College Consensus
54.8
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

11

Augsburg University
Minneapolis, MN

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64
College Consensus
57.4
Publisher Consensus
70.6
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

12

The College of Saint Scholastica
Duluth, MN

TheCSS
64
College Consensus
53
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

13

Crown College
Saint Bonifacius, MN

Crown College
63.6
College Consensus
49.2
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

14

University of Minnesota-Crookston
Crookston, MN

University of Minnesota Crookston
63.6
College Consensus
53.9
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

15

University of Minnesota-Morris
Morris, MN

University of Minnesota Morris
63.4
College Consensus
52.2
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

16

University of St Thomas (MN)
Saint Paul, MN

University of St Thomas
62.1
College Consensus
50.8
Publisher Consensus
73.5
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

17

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Winona, MN

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
61.6
College Consensus
47.9
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

18

Hamline University
Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University
61.5
College Consensus
57
Publisher Consensus
66.1
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

19

University of Northwestern-St Paul
Saint Paul, MN

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61.1
College Consensus
52
Publisher Consensus
70.3
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

20

University of Minnesota-Duluth
Duluth, MN

University of Minnesota Duluth
59.3
College Consensus
49.3
Publisher Consensus
69.3
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

21

Winona State University
Winona, MN

Winona State University
58.8
College Consensus
47.3
Publisher Consensus
70.3
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

22

Minnesota State University Moorhead
Moorhead, MN

Minnesota State University Moorhead
56.5
College Consensus
41.4
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

23

Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, MN

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56.1
College Consensus
41.4
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

24

North Central University
Minneapolis, MN

North Central University
55.7
College Consensus
38.7
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

25

Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN

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53.4
College Consensus
35.4
Publisher Consensus
71.3
Student Consensus
Accessed June, 2019

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.