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Enrollment at a Glance


In fall 2015, there were 427,803 students enrolled in Minnesota public and private postsecondary institutions.

  • Undergraduate enrollment decreased 2 percent from 2006 to 2015.
  • Undergraduate enrollment peaked in 2010 at 309,319 and was 264,083 in fall 2015, a 15 percent decrease.
  • Undergraduate enrollment changes varied by system. The largest changes have been at the state colleges and private career schools.
  • Number of graduate students increased 23 percent from 62,274 in 2006 to 76,559 in 2015. (Does not include the additional 71,087 graduates enrolled exclusively online at the nationwide Capella and Walden Universities).
  • The number of high school students dual-enrolled increased 75 percent from 2006 to 2015. These 34,426 secondary students comprised 7 percent of undergraduate enrollments in 2006 and 11 percent in 2015.
  • Undergraduates of color comprised 27 percent of all undergraduate enrollments in 2015.

Minnesota Undergraduate Enrollment Trends, Fall 2006 to 2015

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*Capella and Walden Universities report their nationwide enrollment.

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


Enrollment Trends by Minnesota Institution Type
Public Institutions
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
State Colleges 114,616 119,326 123,778 134,224 138,006 135,155 134,796 130,048 125,058 122,664
State Universities 63,785 65,348 66,502 68,582 70,085 69,816 68,738 67,997 66,863 66,524
University of Minnesota 65,753 66,096 66,312 67,364 67,932 69,220 68,416 68,046 67,477 66,651
Total Public 244,154 250,770 256,592 270,170 276,023 274,191 271,950 266,091 259,398 255,839
 
Private Institutions
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Colleges & Universities 64,433 65,945 66,292 66,530 67,651 65,457 65,172 64,972 66,050 65,992
Career Schools 23,343 25,527 31,267 37,033 34,027 29,445 27,173 21,851 18,650 16,292
Graduate & Professional 4,103 3,589 3,456 3,092 3,101 2,817 2,850 2,737 2,605 2,519
Total Private 91,879 95,061 101,015 106,655 104,779 97,719 95,195 89,560 87,305 84,803
 
Total All Minnesota 336,033 345,831 357,607 376,825 380,802 371,910 367,145 355,651 346,703 340,642
 
Career Online Schools* 50,572 51,228 60,028 72,712 86,912 85,355 85,962 84,981 87,249 87,161
*Capella University and Walden University; online only with national enrollment.
 
Grand Total 386,605 397,059 417,635 449,537 467,714 457,265 453,107 440,632 433,952 427,803

Note: Includes all students enrolled during fall term

Source: Office of Higher Education


Undergraduate Fall Term Enrollment Trends by Minnesota Institution Type
Public Institutions
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
State Colleges 103,816 108,514 112,680 122,757 125,693 122,471 121,062 115,373 109,340 103,086
State Universities 53,130 53,809 54,188 55,025 56,209 55,844 54,532 53,490 51,998 50,827
University of Minnesota 43,564 43,652 43,699 45,112 45,972 46,491 46,052 45,906 45,456 45,441
Total Public 200,510 205,975 210,567 222,894 227,874 224,806 221,646 214,769 206,794 199,354
Private Institutions
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Colleges & Universities 47,592 48,281 48,536 48,137 48,563 47,669 47,241 47,094 46,528 48,895
Career Schools 21,574 24,258 29,986 35,288 32,754 28,003 25,922 20,698 17,789 15,648
Graduate & Professional 165 116 97 103 128 128 115 113 144 186
Total Private 69,331 72,655 78,619 83,528 81,445 75,800 73,278 67,905 64,461 64,729
All Minnesota Institutions
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Total All Minnesota 269,841 278,630 289,186 306,422 309,319 300,606 294,924 282,674 271,255 264,083
Career Online Schools* 3,918 4,657 6,900 10,837 17,727 16,228 16,673 16,147 17,710 16,074
*Capella University and Walden University; online only with national enrollment.
High School Dual-Enrolled Students Only 19,514 20,144 21,066 22,438 23,591 25,741 27,084 28,203 30,531 34,426
Grand Total 293,273 303,431 317,152 339,697 350,637 342,575 338,681 327,024 319,496 314,583

Source: Office of Higher Education


New Entering Undergraduate Fall Term Enrollment Trends *
Public Institutions
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
State Colleges 22,394 23,048 22,739 24,847 22,567 20,752 20,232 19,065 18,139 17,588
State Universities 8,359 9,005 9,215 8,877 8,970 8,733 8,425 8,158 7,861 7,904
University of Minnesota 8,350 8,124 8,007 8,258 8,447 8,317 8,206 8,434 8,526 8,511
Total Public 39,103 40,177 39,961 41,982 39,984 37,802 36,863 35,657 34,526 34,003
Private Institutions
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Colleges & Universities 10,091 10,474 10,128 10,251 10,453 9,997 10,080 10,026 9,689 9,700
Career Schools 8,268 8,146 6,760 9,460 6,505 5,575 4,987 2,883 3,344 3,081
Career Online Schools 33 53 263 854 1,466 534 541 386 520 266
Graduate & Professional Schools 6 15 12 3 10 5 9 5 29 30
Total Private 18,398 18,688 17,163 20,568 18,434 16,111 15,617 13,300 13,582 13,077
All Minnesota Institutions
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Total 57,501 58,865 57,124 62,550 58,418 53,913 52,480 48,957 48,108 47,080

* New entering undergraduate student is a student who has not previously attended any postsecondary institution for credit, except while a secondary student. Includes a student who enters with advanced standing, through college credits earned before graduation from high school, performance on Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams, or other measure.

Source: Office of Higher Education


About the Data

The student enrollment data reported on this page and subsequent pages are derived from the Office of Higher Education student enrollment record data base. The data base contains data on students enrolled during the fall term in Minnesota's public and private postsecondary education institutions. Since fall 2005, all institutions eligible to participate in a Minnesota-funded student financial aid program are required to report their student enrollment data to the Office of Higher Education.

Institutions are asked to provide data on students enrolled on the institution's official fall reporting date. Institutions without distinct academic terms, such private career schools, are asked to provide enrollments using the three-month period, July 15 through October 15, as a proxy for tenth day data.

A compendium of fall enrollment data can be found in the Basic Data Series.

See Also

  • Specifications given to institutions on data reporting requirements
  • Glossary for definitions used in student enrollment reports

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