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Facts About Enrollment


What is the current enrollment?

In fall 2014, there were 433,952 students enrolled in Minnesota public and private postsecondary institutions. Of these, 288,965 were undergraduates, 114,456 were graduate students and 30,531 were high school dual-enrolled students.

More information on enrollment.

How many students of color are enrolled?

In fall 2014, students of color comprised 25 percent of undergraduate and 17 percent of graduate enrollment.

More information on enrollment by racial/ethnic background.

What is the age distribution of Minnesota students?

In fall 2014, the largest undergraduate age group was 20- to 24-year olds with 121,513 students, or 40 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. 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.

State colleges have the largest number and percentage of part-time undergraduates. Most undergraduates attending Minnesota four-year institutions enroll full time.

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 2014, approximately 28 percent of college-going Minnesota high school graduates attended a postsecondary institution in another state.

During the past ten years, while the number of undergraduates enrolled changes from year to year, the percentage of undergraduates who are Minnesota residents has remained relatively stable. In 2014, non-resident undergraduates comprised 21 percent, or 11,132 of all new freshmen who attended a Minnesota postsecondary institution.

More information on student residence.

What is the postsecondary graduation rate?

The percentage of students graduating from a Minnesota four-year postsecondary institution after four years was 44 percent and after six years was 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?

According to the Getting Prepared report, 28 percent of high school graduates enrolled in one or more developmental courses upon college enrollment.

More information on developmental education.

What percent of jobs in 2020 will require a college education?

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development projects over 291,000 job openings between 2010 and 2020 in Minnesota will require some postsecondary education. Nearly one in three new jobs projected to be created between 2010 and 2020, and 27 percent of replacement openings will require an education level beyond high school.

Educational Needs of Job Openings During Second Quarter in 2013

Graduate or advanced degree4%
Bachelor's degree21%
Associate degree7%
Vocational training10%

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 Minnesota occupations in demand.