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Explore Higher Education Options in Minnesota


 

From urban to rural, big to small, public to private, Minnesota's postsecondary schools offer you a variety of choices after high school:

Different Types of Colleges
Type of College Number of years Career Examples
Technical and Career Collegesthree months to two yearsflorist, medical assistant, automotive technician, electrician and paramedic
Community and Tribal Collegestwo years; transfer to a four-year schoolnurse, legal assistant, accountant, drafting, radiologist and computer careers
Four-year Colleges and Universitiesfour or more yearsteacher, scientist, writer, social worker, graphic artist and engineer

Public Two-Year Colleges

Minnesota's public two-year schools can be broken down into two general categories: technical college and community colleges. Public two-year colleges accept all students with a high school diploma or GED. However, some programs are more selective and have high preparation standards and waiting lists to get in so students are strongly encouraged to prepare for college-level work by taking the recommended classes.

Technical Colleges

Technical colleges offer courses and programs that emphasize hands-on knowledge and skills that lead to specific jobs in technical and industrial occupations to business, marketing and sales careers. Local employers work closely with the colleges to ensure the teaching of skills demanded in today's job market. Technical colleges offer programs ranging in length from three months to two years.

What You Can Earn:

  • Certificates
  • Diplomas
  • Associate in Applied Science degree

Community Colleges

Community Colleges provide students with the first two years of a four-year college education or career-specific training in two years or less. Graduates of community colleges can transfer to other colleges or universities to complete a four-year degree. Community colleges offer general education courses, occupational programs and developmental and college preparatory courses for those who need to brush up on basic skills. Evening and weekend classes offer flexibility for working students

What You Can Earn:

  • Certificates
  • Diplomas
  • Associate in Arts degree

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Tribal Colleges (those not affiliated with the state college system)


Public Four-Year Universities

Minnesota's four-year state universities and the University of Minnesota offer a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Most offer a wide range of athletics and intramural sports as well as programs in theater, music and the arts. Undergraduate on-campus housing is also available on most campuses.

State Universities

Minnesota has seven state universities that offer comprehensive courses and programs leading to a bachelor's or master's degree. Programs are offered in liberal arts, sciences and professional fields. To apply, students should be in the top half of their high school class and must have taken four years of English, three years of math, three years of science, three years of social studies, two years of a single world language, and one year in either world culture or the arts. Students are encouraged to take one additional year of math and science.

What You Can Earn:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

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University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is a state land-grant university and the state's primary research university. The five university campuses offer hundreds of undergraduate programs along with a wide range of graduate and professional degree programs. Campuses are located in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Duluth, Morris, Crookston and Rochester. Degree offerings and admissions requirements vary by campus. All students are strongly encouraged to take a minimum of four years of English, three years of math, three years of science, three years of social studies (including one year each of U.S. history and geography), two years of a single world language and one year in the visual or performing arts.

What You Can Earn:

  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate degree

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Universtiy of Minnesota


Private Two-Year Colleges

Private for-profit career colleges offer programs of study ranging from computer science to medical support training to broadcasting to cosmetology. These schools maintain strong relationships with local employers who look for skill-based workers. Programs generally range from a few months to two years; some offer associate degrees. Most programs offer small classes where students receive personal attention that aids the learning process. Degree offerings and admissions requirements vary by campus. Students can prepare for college-level coursework by taking the recommended classes.

What You Can Earn:

  • Certificates
  • Diplomas
  • Associate in Applied Science degree

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Private Four-Year Colleges & Universities

Most of Minnesota's four-year private colleges and universities are liberal arts colleges, emphasizing broad knowledge in the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities. Many are affiliated with a religious denomination. Nearly half the students go on to earn advanced degrees. Enrollments range from several hundred to more than 10,000. Degree offerings and admissions requirements vary by campus. Students can prepare for college-level coursework by taking the recommended courses.

What You Can Earn:

  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate degree

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