College is possible
Our 17 colleges are welcoming places for students from diverse backgrounds. And when it comes to the numbers on diversity, here’s how our colleges stack up:
- 24% of first-year students are students of color.
- 22% of our students are “first-generation,” meaning that neither of their parents completed college.
- Our institutions have the highest graduation rate in the state among students of color with 51% graduating within four years and 65% graduating within six years.
More facts about diversity.
Learn more about our colleges
Plan a campus visit
Considering attending a visit event in the fall or spring at our campuses or attend Minnesota Private College Week in late June to see several colleges in one week. (Don't have access to a car? Explore your alternative transportation options.)
Benefits of private colleges
Watch this clip from the Paying for Private College video about the benefits of attending our colleges (2:53).
View more Paying for College videos including First in the Family, Spanish, Somali and Hmong versions.
Each of our colleges is unique, but here’s what they have in common:
- Small classes and plenty of opportunities to work closely with faculty create a higher quality academic experience — one that contributes to student success.
- Our colleges nurture a strong sense of community. Students learn plenty outside the classroom, including about their own values. Our colleges make a well-rounded education a reality.
- The knowledge and skills gained at our colleges are exactly what employers seek; a liberal arts education is more relevant than ever in our global economy.
- Thanks to financial aid, the average amount that families actually pay for tuition is about half the posted tuition price. Learn more about our affordability.
Here are some comments from students and alumni:
Clay Sletta ’18
"I love going to a liberal arts college because you meet people across all spectrums and cultures. You become a more open-minded and well-rounded individual.”
Melinda Lambert ’17
"College is an essential step to ensure the future of my family. The faculty at The College of Saint Scholastica legitimately care about their students."
David Peterson ’17
"Attending Hamline University has provided opportunities to strengthen my leadership skills while learning about my identity as a Black male.”
Maria Sanchez Lopez ’17
"As a first generation college student, I am very grateful for all the financial and academic support I receive at Augsburg College.”
Mai Yang Xiong ’16
"I have the courage and voice to stand up for social justice issues and women’s empowerment after attending St. Catherine University.”
Elizabeth Otto ’15
"My professors are passionate about their subject area and discerning of my talents. I have had ample opportunities to learn and grow."
Jocelyne Cardona ’14
"It’s a privilege to attend my college, where I’m receiving a life changing education."