Here are four reasons why liberal arts graduates would make great additions to your organization.
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
- ability to contribute to team environments
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.
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.
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
In 2017-18 our students accounted for 30 percent of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in the state and 46 percent of master's degrees. More than 56,100 students attend our 17 colleges and universities:
- 72 percent are undergraduates
- 68 percent are Minnesota residents
- 30 percent are first-year students are students of color
- 23 percent are first-generation
- 22 percent are transfer students
- 60 percent are female
- 40 percent are male
- 28 percent are graduate students
Share of bachelor's degrees in Minnesota awarded by our institutions:
- 49 percent of physical science degrees
- 43 percent of foreign language degrees
- 41 percent of nursing degrees
- 38 percent of history degrees
- 34 percent of business degrees
- 33 percent of math and statistics degrees
- 32 percent of biological science degrees
Share of master's degrees in Minnesota awarded by our institutions:
- 100 percent of physician assistant degrees
- 62 percent of education degrees
- 58 percent of social work degrees
- 53 percent of business and management degrees
- 52 percent of nursing degrees
- 48 percent of public administration degrees
- 45 percent of computer/information sciences degrees