learn to think.
When it comes to the next step in your
education, look no further than our
many public and private colleges. While
the state’s best-known post-secondary
educational asset is the University of
Minnesota, the Minnesota State Colleges
and Universities System ( www.mnscu.
edu) comprises 31 additional colleges
and universities, including seven state
universities, while the Minnesota
Private College Council (www.
mnprivatecolleges.org) serves 17 liberal
arts colleges and universities.
You can find many of these private
colleges and universities in the metro area.
Macalester College ( www.macalester.edu)
in St. Paul ranked No. 24 on U.S. News
& World Report’s (USN&WR) list of the
nation’s best liberal arts colleges (2014).
The college was founded in 1874 and has
a four-year graduation rate of 85 percent.
The campus features 10 residence halls,
six language houses and eight themed
Hamline University (www.hamline.
edu), also in St. Paul, was Minnesota’s
first university, founded in 1854. The
school ranked No. 11 on USN&WR’s list
of the best regional universities (2014) and
attracts a diverse student body of 4,581
undergraduate and graduate students.
Besides its well-regarded graduate
programs in management, education
and law, the university offers bachelor’s
degrees in 47 major areas of study.
Augsburg College ( www.augsburg.
edu) in Minneapolis is another top local
school. Enrollment here is smaller,
with close to 4,000 undergraduate and