Here are four reasons why liberal arts graduates would make great additions to your organization.

Reason #1

Liberal arts graduates have ‘transferable’ skills that help them adapt quickly to new situations. Students receive a multi-disciplinary education, regardless of their major, and are equipped with skills applicable to all career paths. Examples of these skills include:

  • critical thinking
  • analytical problem-solving
  • excellent communication
  • adaptability
  • ability to contribute to team environments

Reason #2

Our candidates have a well-rounded foundation of knowledge in a variety of areas as well as in-depth knowledge in their majors. And, they are ‘life-long learners’ who want to continue learning and growing professionally throughout their careers.

Reason #3

Our graduates are confident and able to relate well to others. They leave school with leadership experience in student organizations, sports teams, theater productions and musical groups, making them flexible and prepared for a wide array of opportunities. Students and faculty come from a wide range of backgrounds.

Reason #4

Our students’ learning beyond the classroom gives them an edge. All campuses are actively engaged in community-based learning and international education. Examples include:

  • Internships that provide ‘real-world’ experience and prepare interns for future careers. Internships benefit both interns and employers.
  • Experiential or service-learning courses that require service in the community and build on the information learned in the classroom. Both the learner and the community benefit.
  • Study abroad experiences that develop cultural competencies and prepare candidates to be effective in diverse and global work places.

Overview of our students

Last year our students accounted for 30% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in the state and 46% of master's degrees. More than 56,100 students attend our 17 colleges and universities:

  • 72% are undergraduates
    • 68% are Minnesota residents
    • 30% are first-year students are students of color
    • 23% are first-generation
    • 22% are transfer students
    • 60% are female
    • 40% are male
  • 28% are graduate students

Share of bachelor's degrees in Minnesota awarded by our institutions:

  • 49% of physical science degrees
  • 43% of foreign language degrees
  • 41% of nursing degrees
  • 38% of history degrees
  • 34% of business degrees
  • 33% of math and statistics degrees
  • 32% of biological science degrees

Share of master's degrees in Minnesota awarded by our institutions:

  • 100% of physician assistant degrees
  • 62% of education degrees
  • 58% of social work degrees
  • 53% of business and management degrees
  • 52% of nursing degrees
  • 48% of public administration degrees
  • 45% of computer/information sciences degrees