- Our focus is on excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning.
- Courses are taught be highly-qualified faculty — 84% of full-time faculty members hold doctorates or other terminal degrees in their field.
- We have one professor for every 12 students.
- 62% of classes have fewer than 20 students and 99% of classes have fewer than 50 students.
- Our four-year graduation rate is the highest in the Midwest — higher than the region’s public systems as well as the other states’ nonprofit colleges. (This measure looks at a group of entering students and considers how many of them have stayed at that institution and earned their degree.)
- Looking nationally, the graduation rate of Minnesota's nonprofit colleges ranks 3rd.
- Our four-year completion rate is the best in the state at 89%. (This measure looks at graduates who started and then completed at the same institution within four years.)
- Our students receive national recognition. In the most recent year, our colleges had 42 students who were named Fulbright Fellows, Goldwater Scholars and Watson Fellows. At the University of Minnesota, 19 students received those recognitions.
- Our alumni say they received a high-quality education and benefited from it more frequently than alumni from major public universities in a six-state region. For example, the share of alumni who said they benefited “very much” from a majority of classes taught by professors was:
- 88% say they benefited “very much” from professors teaching a majority of classes
- 82% say “professors were interested in me personally and academically”
- 76% say “professors challenged me and helped me meet that challenge”
- 95% of our most recent graduates were employed, pursuing additional education, or doing volunteer service (e.g., Peace Corps or mission work) within a year of earning their bachelor’s degree:
- 75% of graduates listed employment as their primary activity.
- 16% listed continuing education as their primary activity.
- 4% listed volunteer service as their primary activity.