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:
Students of color account for 21 percent of all undergraduate students at our colleges, and this year’s incoming first-year students were even more diverse.
Students of color account for 21 percent of all undergraduate students enrolled at our colleges. This year’s incoming first-year students were even more diverse, with 24 percent being students of color. That’s up from 11 percent a decade ago. (For context, students of color graduating from Minnesota high schools accounted for 20 percent of graduates last spring.)
Students at our 17 member colleges receive financial aid from a number of sources, but grant aid make up a significant part of it.
Students at our 17 member colleges receive financial aid from a number of sources, but grant aid make up a significant part of it. In 2014-15 academic year, 83 percent of all grant aid received by students came directly from our colleges — representing nearly $564 million in aid that students never have to pay back.
The Minnesota State Grant program helps students across the state at public and private institutions, whether they are earning associate or bachelor’s degrees.
Minnesota’s State Grant program provides critical aid to 35% of Minnesota students at Minnesota’s Private Colleges. It targets low- and middle-income students who most need assistance to earn a college degree, with awards based on student and family need, which takes into account family income, the cost of attendance, the number of students in the family, and the amount of Pell Grant aid a student receives.
Transfer students accounted for 24% of our undergraduate enrollment in fall 2015.
Transfer students accounted for 24% of our undergraduate enrollment in fall 2015 — compared to 28% at University of Minnesota campuses and 43% at Minnesota State 4-year universities. In addition, 24% of transfer students at our member institutions are students of color.
Source: IPEDS, Fall 2015 *The Minnesota Private College Council’s 17 member institutions
Discover how our four-year completion rate is the best in the state.
Our four-year completion rate is the best in the state. Of the students who start at and graduate from our institutions, 87% graduate in four years or less. That’s in contrast to 64% of students at the U of M and 43% of the MnSCU state universities. Read more about completion rates.
Explore what our college grads studied and pursued with some tasty bite-sized facts.
It’s the season for lilacs, baseball and college commencements. We’ll skip the first two signs of spring and instead hit on a few things to know about our college graduates — what they’ve studied and what they pursue.
The median family income for FAFSA-filing Minnesota students at our private nonprofit colleges isn't all that different from Minnesota's public universities.
The median family income for FAFSA-filing Minnesota students at our private nonprofit colleges falls within a similar range as the public universities. (“Median” means that 50% of families have higher incomes and 50% have incomes lower than the amounts shown below.)