30
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share who are students of color and Native American students

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4-year graduation rate for students of color and Native American students

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number of students in the majority of classes

A student-focused experience

Our institutions aren’t focused on just recruiting students. Yes, admission office staff are friendly and helpful — but working with you to come to a college is just the beginning. Our colleges want to ensure you’ll succeed along the way and be earning your degree on time, four years later. 

So yes, it is important to know that 30% of our first-year undergraduates are students of color and Native American students. That is a higher share than Minnesota’s high school graduates. But even more important? Our institutions together have the highest four-year graduation rate in the state for students of color and Native American students. 

At our colleges, small classes and plenty of opportunities to work closely with faculty create a higher quality academic experience — one that contributes to student success. In addition, the faculty and staff at our colleges seek to offer specific ways to support students of color and Native American students. 

And be sure to seek out the Office of Multicultural Affairs at our institutions. The name of the office may vary, but you’ll find staff who provide advising, mentoring, support and fellowship to ethnically diverse students. Services may include offering counseling services and opportunities to network with other students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Why consider a Minnesota private college?

As you consider your options, know that the knowledge and skills gained at our private colleges are exactly what employers seek. And thanks to financial aid, the average amount that families actually pay for tuition is about half the posted tuition price. Learn more about our affordability. And consider which of our private colleges could be right for you.

Each private college is distinct so you’ll want to learn more about the options available that are institution-specific. But to start off, keep our 17 private nonprofit colleges in mind. Our colleges can get you off to a great start on the goals and plans you have for your future.

Questions to consider raising

You are looking for a college where your experiences and strengths will be recognized. Each college and university — public or private — is unique. So you have some research to do. That can be through college websites first and then through conversations, whether that’s with admission staff, staff elsewhere at the institutions and current students of color. Seek out staff people who reflect your own life experiences and culture; listen to their perspectives and views.

  • What are the numbers of students of color and Native American students enrolling here? And the numbers graduating?
  • What kinds of unique resources are in place?
  • How does the institution foster a sense of community on campus?
  • What can you say about faculty of color and Native American faculty?
  • How has the institution improved its supports for students of color and Native American students?
  • How can I speak directly to students of color and Native students on your campus? How about recent alumni?
  • What can you share about how graduates are finding jobs, continuing their educations and giving back?