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Undergraduate Profile

Enrollment statistics at a glance

 

During fall 2012, Minnesota postsecondary institutions enrolled 453,107 students and 69 percent, or 311,597 students, were undergraduates. Undergraduate enrollment decreased two percent, or 5,237 students, from fall 2011 to fall 2012. In fall 2012, the majority, 86 percent (269,346 students), of undergraduates attending Minnesota postsecondary institutions were Minnesota residents.

Note: Undergraduate data in this section does not include 27,084 high school students who were concurrently enrolled in high school and a postsecondary institution through dual-enrollment programs.

Characteristics of Minnesota Undergraduates, Fall 2012

Characteristics of Minnesota Undergraduates, Fall 2012

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


Undergraduates Enrolled by Minnesota Institution Type

Number of Undergraduates
Type of InstitutionFall 2010Fall 2011Numeric ChangePercent Change
Community and Technical Colleges122,471121,062-1,409-1%
State Universities55,84454,532-1,312-2%
University of Minnesota46,49146,052-439-1%
Private Colleges47,66947,241-428-1%
Private Career Schools28,00325,922-2,081-7%
Private Career Online Schools*16,22816,6734453%
Private Graduate**128115-13-10%
Total316,834311,597-5,237-2%

*These online institutions (Capella University and Walden University) have their headquarters in Minnesota and report their nationwide enrollment. The majority of their students are from out of state.

**Some private graduate schools offer limited undergraduate programs.


Undergraduate Enrollment Growth Has Been at Minnesota 2-Year Institutions, Fall 1980 to 2012

Undergraduate Enrollment Growth Has Been at Minnesota 2-Year Institutions, Fall 1980 to 2012

*Capella and Walden Universities report their nationwide enrollment.

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


Most Undergraduates Enrolled at Minnesota 4-Year Institutions Attend Full Time, Fall 2012

Most Undergraduates Enrolled at Minnesota 4-Year Institutions Attend Full Time, Fall 2012

*Capella and Walden Universities report their nationwide enrollment.

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


Majority of Undergraduates Age 25 and Older Enroll at Minnesota 2-Year Institutions, Fall 2012

Majority of Undergraduates Age 25 and Older Enroll at Minnesota 2-Year Institutions, Fall 2012

Two-year institutions include public community and technical colleges and private career schools. Four-year institutions are public and private colleges. Does not include high school students dual enrolled.

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


Women Undergraduates Comprised the Majority in All Racial/Ethnic Groups, Fall 2012

Women Undergraduates Comprised the Majority in All Racial/Ethnic Groups, Fall 2012

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education


Patterns of Enrollment

The characteristics of undergraduates enrolled at Minnesota postsecondary institutions exhibit a few general patterns.

Sixty-three percent of undergraduates are age 24 and younger and are more concentrated at four-year institutions. Undergraduates age 24 or younger are 75 percent of undergraduates at state universities, 85 percent at private colleges, and 88 percent at the University of Minnesota. Undergraduates age 24 and younger tended to enroll directly from high school and 78 percent attended full time.

Older undergraduates age 25 and older enrolled in larger percentages attwo-year institutions. Undergraduates age 25 and older comprised 48 percent of enrollments at community and technical colleges, 60 percent of enrollments at private career schools and 93 percent of enrollments at private career online schools. Undergraduates age 25 and older tended to be working adults and across all institution types, 65 percent attended part time.

Women comprised the majority of undergraduates across all race/ethnicity groups.

Students age 25 and older were more likely to enroll part time than students age 24 and younger. Undergraduates age 24 and younger were more likely to enroll full time.

Undergraduate enrollment at Minnesota postsecondary institutions increased during the last three decades at all institution types. The most dramatic increases in undergraduate enrollment during the past decade occurred at two-year institutions (public community and technical colleges and private career schools) which increased 20 percent. Enrollments increased three percent at four-year institutions (University of Minnesota, State Universities and private four-year colleges) during the past decade.

 

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