Find out how our rates compare to the state's public universities.
At 66 percent, our four-year graduation rate is the highest in the Midwest and higher than the University of Minnesota (53 percent) and Minnesota State universities (23 percent) systems. Nationally, our graduation rate ranks third.
Among those students who start at and graduate from our colleges, nine out of 10 complete their degree in four years or less. That compares to seven out of 10 at the University of Minnesota and five out of 10 at Minnesota State universities.
Find out how well the class of 2016 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 2016, 95 percent were employed, pursuing additional education, or doing volunteer service (e.g., Peace Corps or mission work) within a year of earning their bachelor’s degree:
Learn about how Minnesota continues to be a “net exporter” of undergraduate students.
Minnesota continues to be a “net exporter” of undergraduate students. Although 8,870 first-time students from other states chose to attend college in Minnesota in fall 2016, 14,965 Minnesota residents enrolled out of state — a net loss of 6,095 students, representing the biggest gap in the last decade. Among four-year institutions, our member colleges enrolled the most first-time students from out-of-state. View the full student migration report.
Learn how the four-year graduate rate for students of color at our member institutions compares to those at the state's public systems.
The four-year graduate rate for students of color at the Council’s 17 member institutions is significantly higher than either the University of Minnesota or Minnesota State universities. It’s also the best in the Midwest, compared to public systems and other states’ private colleges.
Learn how the median family income for FAFSA-filing Minnesota students at our colleges is similar to the state’s public universities.
The median family income for FAFSA-filing Minnesota students at our colleges falls within a similar range as the state’s public universities. (“Median” means that 50% of families have higher incomes and 50% have incomes lower than the amounts shown below.)
This can be broken down even further into three general income categories:
Learn why students at our colleges are never just a number — not with an average 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Students at our colleges are never just a number — not with an average 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Classes are taught by faculty (rather than teaching assistants), and 63 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. Working closely with professors enhances the quality of education our students receive.
Find out how the Minnesota’s higher ed budget is divvied up.
While students at the 17 institutions that are members of the Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) make up 29 percent of all baccalaureate graduates in the state, they benefit from a small share — just 3 percent — of public spending on higher education. It would cost the state of Minnesota more than $350 million each year in additional institutional subsidies if private colleges didn’t exist and our students enrolled instead in public institutions.
Find out in which areas of study our 17 member institutions award a larger proportion of bachelor’s degrees than the publics.
Although our 17 member institutions awarded 29 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Minnesota in the 2015-16 academic year, they awarded a larger proportion of bachelor’s degrees in several key areas of study including: