Learn how the concentration of five private colleges economically impacts Minnesota's capital city.
As a new class of students starts this fall at private nonprofit colleges across the state, it’s a reminder of the related economic benefits tied to everything from how students spend money off-campus to how they’ll contribute to the economy when they graduate.
“Private colleges are an asset to the community,” said Bruce Corrie, associate vice-president of university relations and professor of economics at Concordia University, St. Paul. “Yes, we play a critical role for the workforce. We’re economic engines.”
Read about alums from out-of-state who made Minnesota home after graduation.
Thousands of college students come to Minnesota each year to earn a degree at a private college. And many of them stay — sometimes even despite our challenging weather. Take Harry Griffin, who came from Alabama to earn his bachelor’s at The College of St. Scholastica. After graduating last spring, he’s sold on staying here. "I decided to stay in Minnesota because of the variety of job opportunities that are available throughout the state," he said. "Minnesota is also a great place to live because of the amazing nature and the outdoor scenes that the state has to offer.”
Learn why our colleges are integral to drawing students from elsewhere in the nation.
It’s important for the state to attract out-of-state students, given that many Minnesota high school students leave to go to college in other states. Minnesota Private Colleges are a strong draw for students from elsewhere in the nation — and many choose to stay here when they graduate.
See for yourself how our college students interact with pre-K through 12th grade students to help them learn and grow.
One of the things that our colleges do best is engaging students with whatever they’re studying, but it goes beyond just learning in the classroom. It’s not uncommon for students at our colleges to engage with pre-K through 12th grade students as well, helping them learn and grow. We asked our colleges for photos of their students working with children — on and off campus, in their local communities and globally. (Click here if you can’t see the gallery.)
Discover how three of our colleges work with local schools and organizations to meet the needs of younger students.
Awarding about 10,000 bachelor’s degrees a year, private colleges and universities play a big role in educating Minnesota’s workforce, including many of our state’s teachers. But the education impact starts earlier: These institutions work with local school districts and community organizations to collaborate on meeting the needs of pre-K through 12th grade students.
In the 2015-16 academic year, our members enrolled more international students as first-year undergrads than either the U of M campuses or the MnSCU state universities.
In the 2015-16 academic year, the 17 colleges and universities that are members of the Minnesota Private College Council enrolled 429 international students as first-year undergrads. That was more than either the U of M campuses or the MnSCU state universities. Overall, nearly 1,800 international undergraduate students studied at our member institutions.
Minnesota private college alums add to the quality of the state’s workforce and tax base.
More than 277,000 Minnesota private college alums call Minnesota home, and 68% of our most recent graduates — regardless of their home state — stay in Minnesota, adding to the quality of the state’s workforce and tax base.