Find out how the state of Minnesota’s higher education budget is distributed.
Although students at our 17 member institutions represent 30 percent of all baccalaureate graduates in the Minnesota, they benefit from a small share — just 3 percent — of public higher education spending.
If private colleges didn’t exist and our students enrolled instead in public institutions, it would cost the state of Minnesota more than $348 million each year in additional institutional subsidies.
Learn how our private colleges compare to the publics in the percent of women who earned a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline.
In 2016-17, women earned 47 percent of bachelor’s degrees in STEM disciplines at our institutions. That’s compared to 36 percent at the University of Minnesota and 31 percent at Minnesota State universities.
Find out which types of institutions send the most transfer students to our member colleges.
Of the 3,474 students transferring to our member institutions in 2016-17, 42 percent came from Minnesota State community and technical colleges, with 31 percent coming from one of the 10 seven-county metro-area colleges.
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: