Learn more about the longstanding trend of Minnesota being a “net exporter” of undergraduate students.
Minnesota continues a longstanding trend of being a “net exporter” of undergraduate students — a higher number of Minnesota residents enroll out-of-state than the number of out-of-state residents who enroll at Minnesota institutions.
For fall 2018, 14,862 Minnesota residents enrolled out of state while 8,480 first-time students from other states chose to attend college in Minnesota. The gap between first‐time students leaving Minnesota and coming in from other states has increased 28 percent since 2008.
Find out the share for each sector of first-time, full-time Pell Grant recipients completing a bachelor’s degree in four years.
Our member institutions rank first in Minnesota and nationally for the share of first-time, full-time Pell Grant recipients completing a bachelor’s degree in four years. For this analysis the Council compared the rate for our institutions to Minnesota’s public sectors as well as to statewide averages for both public and private institutions nationwide. Pell grants help low-income students pay for college; more than one in four students at Minnesota Private Colleges receive them.
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: