June 2020

Minnesota continues a longstanding trend of being a “net exporter” of undergraduate students — a higher number of Minnesota residents enroll out-of-state than the number of out-of-state residents who enroll at Minnesota institutions. 

For fall 2018, 14,862 Minnesota residents enrolled out of state while 8,480 first-time students from other states chose to attend college in Minnesota. The gap between first‐time students leaving Minnesota and coming in from other states has increased 28 percent since 2008.

Among four-year institutions, our member colleges enrolled the most first-time students from out-of-state:

Sector# imported
Minnesota Private Colleges*2,682
University of Minnesota system2,223
Minnesota State 4-year universities1,493

View the full student migration report.

Source: IPEDS Residence and Migration data, Fall 2018
*The Minnesota Private College Council’s 17 member institutions