First-generation students

Of all undergraduate students enrolled at Minnesota Private Colleges, 23% are “first-generation” students, meaning that neither of their parents completed college.

Students of color and Native American students

Excluding international students, 12,750 students of color and Native American students enroll at our member institutions. The share of domestic undergraduates who are students of color and Native American are:

  • 24% of all undergrads at Minnesota Private Colleges
  • 24% of all undergrads at the University of Minnesota
  • 21% of all undergrads at Minnesota State Universities

Compared to 10 years ago, enrollment of new first-year students of color and Native American students has more than doubled.

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The four-year graduation rate of students of color and Native American students is also the highest in the state and higher than the averages for both publics and nonprofits nationwide.

  • 56% at Minnesota Private Colleges
  • 50% at University of Minnesota
  • 13% at Minnesota State universities
  • 44% at private nonprofit colleges nationwide
  • 30% at public institutions nationwide

Looking at students of color and Native American students who earn bachelor’s degrees from Minnesota institutions, 29% do so at our institutions. And 47% of students of color and Native American students who earn master’s degrees in Minnesota do so at our institutions.

Women in STEM fields

At our member institutions, 49% of our graduates with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields are women. That's compared to 37% at the University of Minnesota and 34% at Minnesota State universities.

International students

More than 1,700 international undergraduate students study at our colleges and universities each year.