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Facts About Enrollment


What is the current enrollment?

In fall 2012, 453,107 students were enrolled in Minnesota public and private postsecondary institutions. Of these, 338,681 were undergraduates, and 114,426 were graduate students. Sixty percent of students were enrolled in public institutions, compared to 40 percent in private institutions.

More information on enrollment.

How many students of color are enrolled?

In fall 2012, 26 percent of all enrollments were students of color.

More information on enrollment by racial/ethnic background.

What is the age distribution of Minnesota students?

In fall 2012, the largest age group is the 20- to 24-year-old group with 139,804 students, or 31 percent of enrollments.

More information on enrollment by age.

Are there more men or women students enrolled in college and how has this changed over time?

There are more women students enrolled than men. Enrollments of women students have increased each year since 1982, when they were equal to men enrollments. In fall 2012, 60 percent of enrolled students were women. At the undergraduate level, there are more women than men enrolled across all race/ethnicity backgrounds.

More information on enrollments by gender.

What is the ratio of part-time/ full-time students and how has it changed over time?

More students are enrolled full-time than part-time. In fall 2012, 59 percent of students were enrolled full-time. Since the late 1990s, full-time enrollments have increased.

In some types of institutions, such as community and technical colleges, about half of all students are enrolled full-time, while the majority of students are full-time at 4-year institutions.

More information on enrollment by part-time/full-time status.

How many Minnesota students attend colleges in other states? How many come from other states to Minnesota?

In 2012, approximately 30 percent of college-going Minnesota high school graduates attended a postsecondary institution in another state. In 2012, 19 percent, or 10,685 of all new freshmen who attended a Minnesota postsecondary institution were not a Minnesota resident.

More information on student residence and migration.

What is the postsecondary graduation rate?

The percentage of students who graduate from a Minnesota four-year postsecondary institution after six years is 63 percent. Women were more successful in earning their bachelor's degrees within six years than men, regardless of race/ethnicity.

More information on percent graduating.

What percent of Minnesota postsecondary students take remedial courses?

The report, Getting Prepared: A 2010 Report on Recent High School Graduates Who Took Developmental/Remedial Courses is prepared by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota. Highlights of the report include:

  • 40 percent of Minnesota's recent public high school graduates who enrolled in public higher education in the state have taken at least one developmental or remedial course within two years after graduation. That is up slightly from a report three years ago, when 38 percent of recent high school graduates took at least one developmental course.

  • Most students take only one remedial course. Forty-five percent of the nearly 13,000 recent high school graduates taking developmental courses needed only one course. Thirty-nine percent took two or three courses, and 16 percent of the students took four or more such courses.

  • Math is the weakest area. Of all the development credits taken by the class of 2008, 50 percent were in mathematics, 23 percent were in writing courses and the rest were in other subjects, such as reading or study skills. Developmental mathematics ranges from basic arithmetic to the equivalent of high school intermediate algebra.

  • Students who take developmental courses are increasingly concentrated in the two-year colleges. Of the 2008 graduates who took developmental courses, 87 percent attended a two-year college, 12 percent went to a state university, and 1 percent attended the University of Minnesota.

How many international students are studying in Minnesota?

Postsecondary institutions in Minnesota are popular choices for international students, according to the Institute of International Education. Over one-third of all international students in Minnesota study at the University of Minnesota.

More information on foreign students and residency.

What percent of jobs in 2016 will require a college education?

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development projects over half of the total job openings in the next ten years will require some college or higher. The projected wages of 33 percent of job openings will be in the very low median wage of below $12 per hour. These lower paying jobs tend to be in the service and retail sector where there are projected to be large numbers of job openings. However, over time, more and more jobs require some college or higher which tend to pay higher wages.

Projected training needed for total job openings in Minnesota between 2006 and 2016

College degree or higher30%
Some college29%
High school or less41%

Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

For further information on careers and job skills needed for employment in Minnesota or elsewhere, see MnCareers or Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge (ISEEK). More information on the Minnesota job outlook and fastest growing occupations.