About our students
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More than 57,400 students attend our 17 colleges and universities:
- 70% of them are undergraduates
- 30% are graduate students
- 68% are Minnesota residents
- 25% of new entering students are students of color
- 21% are first-generation college students
- 59% are female
- 41% are male
- Last year our students accounted for 30% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded in the state and 43% of master's degrees.
Meaningful contact with professors
Sixty-two percent of classes have 20 students or less, with one professor for every 12 students.
Students receive a multi-disciplinary education, regardless of their major. They are equipped with critical-thinking skills applicable to all career paths.
Life experiences and workforce preparation
Students participate in off-campus study (53%), faculty-directed research (52%) and internships or other applied learning (51%).
Students and faculty come from a wide range of backgrounds; all campuses are actively engaged in community-based learning and international education.
A broad array of majors
Our institutions award the following share of degrees in Minnesota:
- 49% of physical science degrees
- 44% of nursing degrees
- 42% of history degrees
- 38% of foreign language degrees
- 35% of math and statistics degrees
- 33% of business degrees
- 33% of biological science degrees
- 100% of physician assistant degrees
- 63% of social work degrees
- 57% of education degrees
- 54% of public administration degrees
- 49% of business and management degrees
- 48% of nursing degrees
- 47% of computer/information sciences degrees