Mississippi River shore.
With hundreds of areas of study and
an international population of 29 percent,
the University of Minnesota is distinctly
diverse and a great choice for students
of all backgrounds. The university’s
four remaining campuses are located
across the state in Crookston, Duluth,
Morris and Rochester. Undergraduate
admissions at the Twin Cities campus
have reached 34,449—that’s in addition
to the university’s other campus schools,
including the many nationally recognized
graduate programs, such as Carlson
School of Management, Medical School
and the Law School that boasts one of the
highest bar passage rates in the nation.
The school also ranks among the top
public research universities in the country.
Looking to finish a degree or go
back to school? Metropolitan State
University ( www.metrostate.edu) creates
opportunities for working adults through
day, evening and weekend courses and
operates campuses in both Minneapolis
and St. Paul, as well as two additional
sites, covering all corners of the Twin
Cities. Offering close to 60 undergraduate
majors, 11 graduate degree programs and
two doctorates, Metro State serves more
than 11,000 students each year. It is one of
the most ethnically diverse colleges in the
state, offering certificates, diplomas and
two-year associate’s degrees.
Students who have talents in specific
areas of study may choose from many
specialized programs or technical schools.
The Minneapolis College of Art and
Design (MCAD, www.mcad.edu) is a
small, four-year private college that
provides a rigorous program. Most
students are enrolled in design, media arts
or fine arts, with popular majors
including graphic design, photography,
Looking to expand your cultural
horizons? There’s the Art Institutes
International Minnesota (www.
artinstitutes.edu) in Minneapolis or Le
Cordon Bleu ( www.chefs.edu) in
Mendota Heights. The musically inclined
gravitate to McNally Smith College of
Music ( www.mcnallysmith.edu), with
courses in music business, audio recording
and production or music performance.
Winona State University
The single largest provider of higher
education in the state, the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system
is comprised of 31 institutions, including
24 technical and community colleges and
seven state universities—Winona State
University, Minnesota State University
Mankato, Metropolitan State University,
Southwest Minnesota State University, St.
Cloud University, Bemidji State University
and Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Spanning 54 campuses and 47 communities,
MnSCU is the fifth largest system of colleges
and universities in the nation, educating
more than 430,000 students each year.
With low tuition costs, MnSCU is the state’s
most affordable higher education option,
with more of its students graduating with
little or no debt than other state colleges
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