June 2021

At the institutions that are members of the Minnesota Private College Council, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education has long been a cornerstone commitment. In the 2018-19 academic year, our members awarded 25 percent of STEM degrees in Minnesota. Of the bachelor’s degrees earned at our institutions, 20 percent were in STEM fields. STEM fields include biological and biomedical sciences, computer and information sciences, engineering, engineering technologies and engineering‐related fields, mathematics and statistics, natural resources and conservation, and the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics).

Among those who earn undergraduate STEM degrees at one of our colleges, 47 percent were women, compared to 38 percent at the University of Minnesota and 31 percent at Minnesota State universities.

Among students of color and Native American students who earn undergraduate STEM degrees in Minnesota, 24 percent do so at one of our colleges while 29 percent of women students of color and Native American women students do so at our colleges.