Learn about the analysis by Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce.
Taking into account both education costs and 40 years of future earnings, the average return on investment for undergraduate students at our colleges is $1 million according to Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.
Learn how many bachelor’s degrees are awarded by our colleges compared to the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State.
In the 2017‐18 academic year, our member institutions awarded 9,788 bachelor’s degrees. That’s 30 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in the state, compared to 33 percent at Minnesota State universities and another 33 percent at the University of Minnesota. What’s more, our members awarded a higher share of bachelor’s degrees in several key areas:
Learn how the grant helps students at two- and four-year institutions, both public and private, afford college.
More than 80,000 Minnesota residents received a State Grant to help keep college affordable in the 2017-18 academic year. That’s one in four Minnesota undergraduates enrolled in college here. Students receiving these need-based grants attend two- and four-year institutions, both public and private, and 90 percent of all State Grant recipients have a family income of less than $80,000.
Over 11,400 students at our 17 member colleges— that’s one in three Minnesota college students enrolled at our schools — were State Grant recipients, with an average award of $4,826.
Find out how well the class of 2017 fared within one year of graduation.
Each year the Council surveys our member institutions about the post-graduation outcomes of recent graduates. Looking at the most recent data for the class of 2017, 94 percent were employed, pursuing additional education or doing volunteer (e.g., Peace Corps or mission work) or military service within a year of earning their bachelor’s degree:
Find out how well Minnesota’s higher ed sectors graduate Pell recipients in four years and where there is room for improvement.
The share of college students graduating within four years from the college where they started and attended full-time is a longstanding measure of how students are faring — and how institutions are performing. Now new federal data have been released that reveal these results for the first time for low-income students, measured by those who receive Pell Grants.
At our 17 nonprofit institutions, 54 percent of our first-time, full-time students who receive Pell Grants graduated in four years.
Learn how well our colleges graduate Pell Grant recipients in four years compared to the state systems as well as nationally.
In Minnesota, our member institutions have the highest share of first-time, full-time Pell Grant recipients graduating in four years — and when compared to other states’ publics and nonprofits, we rank first nationally. Pell grants help low-income students pay for college; more than one in four students at Minnesota Private Colleges receive them.