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Graduation Rate Trends of Minnesota Institutions, 2004 to 2015

Percent of first-time, full-time undergraduates completing programs within 150% of normal time to completion at same institution as they started.

Cohort of first-time, full-time undergraduates used to calculate graduation rates may be small percent of all undergraduates enrolled at some institutions.

Undergraduates who transfer into an institution are not included in the cohort used to calculate an institutions graduation rate. Likewise, undergraduates who transfer out of an institution adversely affect an institution's graduation rate.

According to data from the National Student Clearinghouse, Minnesota ranks high in the percent of undergraduates starting at Minnesota institutions who graduate from another institution than the one started. Percent graduating from another institution is 24 percent of public 4-year, 18 percent of public 2-year and 12 percent of private 4-year starters.

Percent of first-time, full-time undergraduates completing programs within 150% of normal time to completion at same institution as they started*
University of Minnesota
Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
University of Minnesota-Crookston33%36%26%34%37%39%38%47%47%44%48%45%
University of Minnesota-Duluth46%48%51%50%50%52%54%55%54%59%59%60%
University of Minnesota-Morris52%55%57%57%63%59%66%60%60%63%67%65%
University of Minnesota-Rochester 54%
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities56%61%61%63%66%68%70%70%73%75%78%77%
State Universities
Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Bemidji State University48%51%50%61%50%49%52%45%46%48%46%46%
Metropolitan State University33%24%21%18%20%14%26%29%35%34%34%30%
Minnesota State University Mankato49%49%48%50%52%52%50%50%52%49%50%49%
Minnesota State University, Moorhead42%43%43%46%41%44%43%45%46%46%42%43%
Saint Cloud State University44%47%47%46%50%50%47%49%50%48%45%42%
Southwest Minnesota State University49%39%40%47%41%42%40%39%41%43%43%39%
Winona State University52%53%56%55%57%52%55%54%53%56%57%58%
State 2-Year Colleges
Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Alexandria Technical & Community College57%58%59%57%57%55%51%56%52%55%58% 64%
Anoka Technical College43%41%42%36%33%28%29%31%23%25%29% 19%
Anoka-Ramsey Community College13%15%14%17%17%14%17%18%16%13%19% 20%
Central Lakes College-Brainerd41%37%40%40%39%40%41%39%38%35%40% 41%
Century College17%13%12%14%13%14%12%14%18%13%14% 13%
Dakota County Technical College45%43%46%41%41%34%31%34%35%38%30% 32%
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College17%12%18%17%25%28%20%23%24%20%19% 28%
Hennepin Technical College36%39%44%38%32%26%29%27%26%29%25% 34%
Hibbing Community College36%37%36%37%42%30%32%32%35%32%35% 30%
Inver Hills Community College8%11%12%13%11%16%16%19%18%14%19% 21%
Itasca Community College37%38%33%37%34%35%35%37%31%31%33% 35%
Lake Superior College21%21%20%19%21%25%25%22%31%29%27% 26%
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College50%42%31%40%45%44%43%47%37%38%31% 43%
Minneapolis Community and Technical College16%14%19%20%9%9%13%12%13%14%14% 14%
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical42%45%49%41%33%33%32%29%36%29%30% 26%
Minnesota State Community and Technical College39%43%39%39%36%35%32%35%32%32%33% 34%
Minnesota West Community and Technical College51%51%44%45%52%48%42%46%45%47%50% 44%
Normandale Community College12%13%12%12%12%10%14%16%17%16%19% 22%
North Hennepin Community College18%18%17%16%16%15%14%16%18%16%15% 13%
Northland Community and Technical College43%33%36%35%33%29%31%30%29%28%35% 37%
Northwest Technical College40%43%44%38%32%29%35%29%42%29%36% 30%
Pine Technical College24%42%45%38%30%31%34%26%26%22%27% 23%
Rainy River Community College26%27%25%26%25%21%31%36%37%30%33% 30%
Ridgewater College48%44%42%43%43%43%38%37%44%43%42% 41%
Riverland Community College44%47%46%39%40%40%41%32%32%31%35% 38%
Rochester Community and Technical College27%24%26%23%24%24%22%23%22%19%20% 22%
Saint Paul College44%40%43%39%29%24%27%24%23%20%18% 21%
South Central College47%42%40%38%33%29%26%25%26%22%24% 26%
St Cloud Technical and Community College52%53%49%40%34%37%36%34%30%28%27% 37%
Vermilion Community College28%24%29%34%19%29%23%30%30%32%27% 31%
Private 4-Year Colleges
Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Augsburg College55%55%52%60%56%59%60%65%60%63%63% 56%
Bethany Global College 85%
Bethany Lutheran College53%58%24%66%63%52%46%51%51%49%55% 49%
Bethel University74%73%70%76%75%72%68%73%71%71%74% 74%
Carleton College90%87%93%93%93%92%93%93%94%92%93% 95%
College of Saint Benedict82%77%80%82%84%78%79%81%81%82%81% 85%
Concordia College at Moorhead65%63%70%69%n/a66%67%69%68%71%72% 73%
Concordia University-Saint Paul38%42%41%45%50%50%53%48%47%46%46% 46%
Crown College57%53%52%53%57%55%53%53%50%56%57% 56%
Gustavus Adolphus College71%76%67%86%83%85%77%82%83%82%81% 82%
Hamline University71%70%61%69%71%66%72%68%63%66%65% 63%
Macalester College81%85%85%86%87%86%88%87%90%87%90% 90%
Martin Luther College71%73%69%68%67%71%71%73%73%77%72% 73%
Minneapolis College of Art and Design71%71%73%52%59%73%72%70%61%60%64% 60%
North Central University42%46%30%49%37%48%41%41%47%45%47% 44%
Oak Hills Christian College53%79%60%57%37%32%31%49%32%57%21% 43%
Saint Johns University81%79%82%80%83%80%74%80%77%79%80% 77%
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota58%65%61%53%57%55%59%62%62%55%65% 61%
St Catherine University56%53%52%53%53%59%66%63%55%54%59% 57%
St Olaf College84%83%85%86%86%87%85%85%86%87%89% 87%
The College of Saint Scholastica67%63%66%64%66%70%62%63%65%68%61% 70%
University of Northwestern-St Paul57%59%60%60%58%62%69%63%67%68%67% 66%
University of St Thomas71%74%74%72%72%72%77%74%74%75%72% 76%
Private (2 to 4 year)
Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Academy College41%47%33%29%44%37%41%43%36%80%14% 75%
Argosy University-Twin Cities46%41%46%42%50%47%48%33%43%23%37% 33%
Duluth Business University58%44%33%49%30%45%52%34%42%25%46% 20%
Dunwoody College of Technology54%60%54%54%66%54%44%38%41%41%42% 48%
Herzing University-Minneapolis73%71%66%60%56%59%71%73%76%73%68% 29%
Institute of Production and Recording39%57%66%61%66%54%62% 66%
McNally Smith College of Music82%72%61%60%47%78%45%47%51%38%43% 39%
Minneapolis Media Institute56% n/a
National American University-Bloomington17%12%8%19%15%8%27%33%11% 15%
National American University-Brooklyn Center33%12%5%16%9%20%14%11% 14%
National American University-Roseville46%9%36%15%24%25%6%35%46%25%41% 4%
Rasmussen College-Minnesota57%5%60%57%5%47%43%39%36%37%37% 23%
Walden University33% 0%
Private (2 year)
Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Minneapolis Business College83%81%81%80%83%82%82%89%83%85%84% 86%
Summit Academy Opportunities Industrialization Center84%53%73%64%63%58%37%41%44%49% 48%52%
Takoda Institute of Higher Education40%33%80%100%100%84%40%43%28%59%36% 31%
Private (less than 2 year)
Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Avalon School of Cosmetology85%78%79%83% 63%
Aveda Institute-Minneapolis92%92%93%91%92%93%91%89%93%83%84% 76%
CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic83%73%87%83%93% 55%
Cosmetology Careers College of Hair Skin and Nails-Duluth67%70%61%60%57%60%53%64%52%77% 57%29%
Cosmetology Careers College of Hair Skin and Nails-Hibbing75%66%86%71%55%65%62%50%71%56% 75%45%
Empire Beauty School-Bloomington72%76%72%83%75%82%87%72%66%75%80% 68%
Empire Beauty School-Eden Prairie**88%65%61%85%67% 61%
Empire Beauty School-Spring Lake Park71%63%50% 38%
Hastings Beauty School78%59%74% 77%
Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth Campus79%79%83%69%64%58%68%70%65%61%55% 51%
Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Campus79%79%83%69%64%58%68%70%65%61%55% 57%
Model College of Hair Design77%80%72%74%75%75%76%71%74%76%68% 68%
Nova Academy of Cosmetology97%100%95%90%94% 94%
PCI Academy-Plymouth48%82%90%76%84%74%76%80%84%83% 56%
Salon Professional Academy (Rochester)74%75%47% 100%
Tribal College
Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Leech Lake Tribal College15%6%12%14%20%15%23%12%11%10%12% 9%
White Earth Tribal and Community College55%75%0%0%25%17%8%4%3%4%6% 12%

Source: U.S. Department of Education, IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey