Learn about how Minnesota continues to be a “net exporter” of undergraduate students.
Minnesota continues to be a “net exporter” of undergraduate students. Although 8,870 first-time students from other states chose to attend college in Minnesota in fall 2016, 14,965 Minnesota residents enrolled out of state — a net loss of 6,095 students, representing the biggest gap in the last decade. Among four-year institutions, our member colleges enrolled the most first-time students from out-of-state. View the full student migration report.
Learn how the four-year graduate rate for students of color at our member institutions compares to those at the state's public systems.
The four-year graduate rate for students of color at the Council’s 17 member institutions is significantly higher than either the University of Minnesota or Minnesota State universities. It’s also the best in the Midwest, compared to public systems and other states’ private colleges.
Learn how the median family income for FAFSA-filing Minnesota students at our colleges is similar to the state’s public universities.
The median family income for FAFSA-filing Minnesota students at our colleges falls within a similar range as the state’s public universities. (“Median” means that 50% of families have higher incomes and 50% have incomes lower than the amounts shown below.)
This can be broken down even further into three general income categories:
Learn why students at our colleges are never just a number — not with an average 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Students at our colleges are never just a number — not with an average 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Classes are taught by faculty (rather than teaching assistants), and 63 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. Working closely with professors enhances the quality of education our students receive.
Find out how the Minnesota’s higher ed budget is divvied up.
While students at the 17 institutions that are members of the Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) make up 29 percent of all baccalaureate graduates in the state, they benefit from a small share — just 3 percent — of public spending on higher education. It would cost the state of Minnesota more than $350 million each year in additional institutional subsidies if private colleges didn’t exist and our students enrolled instead in public institutions.
Find out in which areas of study our 17 member institutions award a larger proportion of bachelor’s degrees than the publics.
Although our 17 member institutions awarded 29 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Minnesota in the 2015-16 academic year, they awarded a larger proportion of bachelor’s degrees in several key areas of study including:
Students of color account for 21 percent of all undergraduate students at our colleges, and this year’s incoming first-year students were even more diverse.
Students of color account for 21 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled at our colleges. This year’s incoming first-year students were even more diverse, with 24 percent being students of color. That’s up from 11 percent a decade ago. (For context, students of color graduating from Minnesota high schools accounted for 20 percent of graduates last spring.)
Students at our 17 member colleges receive financial aid from a number of sources, but grant aid make up a significant part of it.
Students at our 17 member colleges receive financial aid from a number of sources, but grant aid make up a significant part of it. In 2014-15 academic year, 83 percent of all grant aid received by students came directly from our colleges — representing nearly $564 million in aid that students never have to pay back.
The Minnesota State Grant program helps students across the state at public and private institutions, whether they are earning associate or bachelor’s degrees.
Minnesota’s State Grant program provides critical aid to 35% of Minnesota students at Minnesota’s Private Colleges. It targets low- and middle-income students who most need assistance to earn a college degree, with awards based on student and family need, which takes into account family income, the cost of attendance, the number of students in the family, and the amount of Pell Grant aid a student receives.
Transfer students accounted for 24% of our undergraduate enrollment in fall 2015.
Transfer students accounted for 24% of our undergraduate enrollment in fall 2015 — compared to 28% at University of Minnesota campuses and 43% at Minnesota State 4-year universities. In addition, 24% of transfer students at our member institutions are students of color.
Source: IPEDS, Fall 2015 *The Minnesota Private College Council’s 17 member institutions