Sep 21, 2017


Located in the northern part of the United States, in what is known as the Midwestern region. It shares borders with four states – Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, and also with Canada. Nicknamed the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota is home to over 12,000 lakes and is also the source the Mississippi river. Saint Paul is the state capital, while Minneapolis is the most populous city. The state has a total population of 5,420,380 (2013 U.S. Census Bureau Estimates).

MinnesotaMinnesota is one of the top agricultural states in the country. It also has a well-developed manufacturing sector with transportation equipment, computer manufacturing, meat packing, and flour milling among some of the major sub sectors. Other key industries include clean technology and renewable energy, financial and insurance services, health care services, and biosciences. The largest employers in the state are the State of Minnesota, the US Federal Government, Mayo Foundation, Target Corporation and Allina Health System.

The state boasts a network of over 180 public and private postsecondary institutions. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System includes more than 30 public institutions, while the University of Minnesota has five major campuses. The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is ranked among the top 100 national universities in the nation (2014 US News).

Top Reasons to Study in Minnesota

  • Quality of Life: Living in Minnesota largely revolves around the outdoors. Popular activities include hunting, camping, hiking, fishing, and skiing. Minnesota has more miles of bike trails than any other state in the U.S. and is considered one of the healthiest states. A 2014 report by CNBC rates Minnesota as having the fourth highest quality of life in America, while another ranking – the 2014 Camelot Index – ranks Minnesota third nationwide.
  • Employment Prospects: Minnesota's vibrant and diverse economy provides a strong employment market for graduates and its estimated unemployment rate of 4.7 percent (CNBC, 2014) is one of the lowest in the country. Minnesota is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Target, United HealthGroup, 3M, Medtronics, US Bancorp, Best Buy, Supevalu, and General Mills. Also based in the state is Cargill, the largest privately owned company in the United States.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool  to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Minnesota, click here.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
University of Minnesota: Twin Cities Agriculture,Business,Natural Resources/Environmental Science Public >10,000 Request Info
University of Minnesota: Crookston Business,Education,Health Public >10,000 Request Info
Carleton College Biology,Economics,Political Science/ International Relations Private >10,000 Request Info
Macalester College Business,Communications/ Journalism,Security/ Protective Services Private >10,000 Request Info
College of St. Benedict Biology,Education,English Private >10,000 Request Info

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