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Going to College: Where do Minnesota high school graduates attend college?


  • Of Minnesota's high school Class of 2012 attending college, 70 percent chose to stay in Minnesota.
  • Attending colleges in states bordering Minnesota were popular choices for the Class of 2012 enrolling out of state.

It's the time of year where high school graduates are making their final plans on where to go to college. Here are the college choices of Minnesota's Class of 2012.

Class of 2012 College Choices

In 2012, of all Minnesota high school graduates enrolled in college, 70 percent chose to attend in Minnesota and 30 percent enrolled out of state.

Majority of 2012 Minnesota High School Graduates Attending College in Fall 2012 Stayed in Minnesota
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Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education (Minnesota data); U.S. Department of Education, IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey (out of state)


Where Did Class of 2012 Attend in Minnesota?

Of the Minnesota high school graduates attending in Minnesota, four-year institutions--state universities, private colleges, and the University of Minnesota--were the most popular type of institution attended by 59 percent of high school graduates. The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus enrolled the largest number of 2012 Minnesota high school graduates.

2012 Minnesota High School Graduates Staying in Minnesota Attended 4-Year Institutions, Fall 2012
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30,027 Minnesota graduates attended 120 Minnesota institutions.

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


4-Year Institutions Top Choice for Minnesota High School Graduates Attending College in Minnesota, Fall 2012
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Top 10 Minnesota colleges shown.

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


Where Did Class of 2012 Attend Out of State?

The most popular destinations for Minnesota high school graduates enrolling out of state were institutions located in states bordering Minnesota. Institutions in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin enrolled 9,045 or 69 percent of Minnesota's 13,085 graduates enrolling out of state. North Dakota State University-Fargo enrolled the most 2011 and 2012 Minnesota high school graduates attending out of state. Many Minnesota residents take advantage of statewide tuition reciprocity agreements Minnesota has with Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota.

Of the Minnesota high school graduates enrolling in out-of-state institutions not adjacent to Minnesota's border, attendance was scattered across the country. Institutions located in the Rocky Mountain region (Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming) have been popular destinations for recent Minnesota high school graduates, followed by other institutions in the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio) and the Southwest region (Arizona) of the U.S.

Institutions Located in Border States Were Top Choices for 2012 Minnesota High School Graduates Attending College Out of State, Fall 2012
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13,085 Minnesota graduates attended 867 out-of-state institutions.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, IPEDS Enrollment Survey


Border State Institutions Were Top Choice for 2012 Minnesota High School Graduates Attending College Out of State, Fall 2012
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Top 10 Minnesota colleges shown.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey


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