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Employment in Minnesota between the last quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022 maintained a steady upward trend. In September 2021, the number of residents who held employment was 2,929,000. In November, this number had moved up and, in February of 2022, it increased again. Accordingly, unemployment fell during this same period; the low hitting 2.7% in February.

This is great news for those who are currently earning a college degree in this state or surrounding areas. It means that those who graduate with worthwhile degrees can expect to find a job. The lower the unemployment rate, the more growing companies will be clamoring to hire new graduates.

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  • What is the average cost of tuition for online education versus on-campus?

    On average, the tuition, including fees, for in-state students is $8,616. For out-of-state students, it’s closer to $9,000. The most expensive tuition and fees are around $60,500, and the absolute lowest are $3,515/year. However, the highest tuition for students earning their graduate degrees is $48,180 and the lowest is $16,910. Tuition and fees cover the cost per credit hour, room and board, books, supplies, and even parking costs, and more.

    With 122 colleges in Minnesota, students interested in online learning should have no problem finding the college and degree program they are seeking. Forty-five of these schools are public schools, meaning your education should be less expensive if you are attending from within the state, and 77 are private.

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  • What is the number or percentage of online learners?

    The number of online-only Minnesota college students is 189,355. Students who took some online classes or degree programs numbered 97,339.

    Breaking it down, the distance learning enrollment of undergraduate students was 103,446. For graduate students, this was lower at 85,909. In many cases, those who attend graduate school prefer to attend at least some of their classes online so that they can take advantage of networking opportunities. Those who earn bachelor’s degrees online are usually focused on gaining the education they need to get started in their career and are less worried about networking and other perks of the on-campus system.

Our School Rankings Methodology


As an organization working hard to rank colleges and universities across the country, we do our best to use objective rather than subjective data. This includes specific numbers and statistics that students and their families can rely on as they aim to choose the best college they can.

While subjective student reviews are helpful to get a feel for the campus culture, our rankings try to focus on these numbers as much as possible. For example, the cost of tuition lets you know how affordable a school can be, both before and after financial aid is applied. The retention rate tells you the percentage of first-year students who returned to the school for their second year. A higher percentage may indicate the school meets the needs of a larger portion of the student population.

The 4-year and 6-year graduation rates indicate how many students reach graduation within the “normal” time frame. The graduating salary or return on investment indicate that the salary previous students earned offered a good return on their investment.

We also consider whether or not colleges and universities offer more online courses and degree programs as many students are looking for these offerings. Schools which offer this to students indicate they are working to meet the needs of more students from around the country.

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Top 25 Best Online Associate & Community Colleges in Minnesota


1

Dakota County Technical College

Score: 87

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,419
    • Out-of-State: $6,419
  • Net Price: $11,339
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 71%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Total Enrollment: 2,717
  • Undergrad Students: 2,717
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $41,300
  • Student-to-faculty: 23:1
  • Dakota County Technical College
2

Alexandria Technical & Community College

Score: 83.26

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,107
    • Out-of-State: $6,107
  • Net Price: $13,655
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 68%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Total Enrollment: 2,865
  • Undergrad Students: 2,865
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $38,300
  • Student-to-faculty: 22:1
  • Alexandria Technical & Community College
3

Anoka Technical College

Score: 82.32

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,075
    • Out-of-State: $6,075
  • Net Price: $12,135
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 73%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Total Enrollment: 1,580
  • Undergrad Students: 1,580
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $37,700
  • Student-to-faculty: 16:1
  • Anoka Technical College
4

Riverland Community College

Score: 82.15

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,250
    • Out-of-State: $6,250
  • Net Price: $9,847
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 66%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,175
  • Undergrad Students: 3,175
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $34,300
  • Student-to-faculty: 18:1
  • Riverland Community College
5

Ridgewater College

Score: 80.35

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,114
    • Out-of-State: $6,114
  • Net Price: $10,225
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 62%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Total Enrollment: 2,904
  • Undergrad Students: 2,904
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $35,200
  • Student-to-faculty: 19:1
  • Ridgewater College
6

Hennepin Technical College

Score: 80.04

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $5,881
    • Out-of-State: $5,881
  • Net Price: $11,400
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 63%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,974
  • Undergrad Students: 3,974
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $41,300
  • Student-to-faculty: 17:1
  • Hennepin Technical College
7

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Score: 79.1

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $5,900
    • Out-of-State: $5,900
  • Net Price: $10,596
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 63%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Total Enrollment: 5,282
  • Undergrad Students: 5,282
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $35,400
  • Student-to-faculty: 18:1
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
8

Minnesota North College

Score: 77.58

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $5,970
    • Out-of-State: $7,268
  • Net Price: $9,537
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 49%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,044
  • Undergrad Students: 3,044
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $35,100
  • Student-to-faculty: 16:1
  • Minnesota North College
9

St. Cloud Technical and Community College

Score: 77.29

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,075
    • Out-of-State: $6,075
  • Net Price: $10,730
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,466
  • Undergrad Students: 3,466
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $37,800
  • Student-to-faculty: 20:1
  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College
10

Northland Community and Technical College

Score: 76.47

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,243
    • Out-of-State: $6,243
  • Net Price: $13,100
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 66%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Total Enrollment: 2,495
  • Undergrad Students: 2,495
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $36,400
  • Student-to-faculty: 14:1
  • Northland Community and Technical College
11

Central Lakes College-Brainerd

Score: 76.1

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,140
    • Out-of-State: $6,140
  • Net Price: $12,326
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Total Enrollment: 4,633
  • Undergrad Students: 4,633
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $33,300
  • Student-to-faculty: 18:1
  • Central Lakes College-Brainerd
12

Mesabi Range College

Score: 74.49

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $5,970
    • Out-of-State: $7,268
  • Net Price: $11,820
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 66%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Total Enrollment: 885
  • Undergrad Students: 885
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $33,500
  • Student-to-faculty: 17:1
  • Mesabi Range College
13

Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Score: 74.46

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,484
    • Out-of-State: $12,332
  • Net Price: $11,577
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 67%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,352
  • Undergrad Students: 3,352
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $34,500
  • Student-to-faculty: 19:1
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College
14

South Central College

Score: 73.54

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,146
    • Out-of-State: $6,146
  • Net Price: $10,514
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 54%
  • Graduation Rate: 26%
  • Total Enrollment: 2,602
  • Undergrad Students: 2,602
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $36,100
  • Student-to-faculty: 15:1
  • South Central College
15

Inver Hills Community College

Score: 71.67

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,007
    • Out-of-State: $6,007
  • Net Price: $10,496
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 53%
  • Graduation Rate: 18%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,459
  • Undergrad Students: 3,459
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $39,100
  • Student-to-faculty: 19:1
  • Inver Hills Community College
16

Northwest Technical College

Score: 70.93

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,226
    • Out-of-State: $6,226
  • Net Price: $13,132
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 56%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Total Enrollment: 721
  • Undergrad Students: 721
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $34,200
  • Student-to-faculty: 16:1
  • Northwest Technical College
17

Rasmussen University-Minnesota

Score: 70.86

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $11,205
    • Out-of-State: $11,205
  • Net Price: $17,858
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,058
  • Undergrad Students: 2,649
  • Graduate Students: 409
  • Grads Salary: $32,200
  • Student-to-faculty: 13:1
  • Rasmussen University-Minnesota
18

North Hennepin Community College

Score: 70.48

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $5,050
    • Out-of-State: $5,050
  • Net Price: $10,016
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 61%
  • Graduation Rate: 13%
  • Total Enrollment: 4,896
  • Undergrad Students: 4,896
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $39,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 21:1
  • North Hennepin Community College
19

Century College

Score: 69.81

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,105
    • Out-of-State: $6,105
  • Net Price: $10,403
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 56%
  • Graduation Rate: 21%
  • Total Enrollment: 7,646
  • Undergrad Students: 7,646
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $36,900
  • Student-to-faculty: 23:1
  • Century College
20

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Score: 68.97

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $5,655
    • Out-of-State: $5,655
  • Net Price: $11,537
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 53%
  • Graduation Rate: 22%
  • Total Enrollment: 7,902
  • Undergrad Students: 7,902
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $38,400
  • Student-to-faculty: 24:1
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
21

Lake Superior College

Score: 68.53

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,404
    • Out-of-State: $6,404
  • Net Price: $14,978
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 60%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,849
  • Undergrad Students: 3,849
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $36,700
  • Student-to-faculty: 19:1
  • Lake Superior College
22

Normandale Community College

Score: 68.1

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,321
    • Out-of-State: $6,321
  • Net Price: $11,396
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 56%
  • Graduation Rate: 19%
  • Total Enrollment: 9,346
  • Undergrad Students: 9,346
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $39,300
  • Student-to-faculty: 27:1
  • Normandale Community College
23

Saint Paul College

Score: 67.6

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $6,318
    • Out-of-State: $6,318
  • Net Price: $11,797
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 62%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Total Enrollment: 5,365
  • Undergrad Students: 5,365
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $31,200
  • Student-to-faculty: 21:1
  • Saint Paul College
24

Minnesota State College Southeast

Score: 66.9

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $7,490
    • Out-of-State: $7,490
  • Net Price: $16,172
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 62%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Total Enrollment: 1,923
  • Undergrad Students: 1,923
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $36,300
  • Student-to-faculty: 17:1
  • Minnesota State College Southeast
25

Rochester Community and Technical College

Score: 65.83

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $5,670
    • Out-of-State: $5,670
  • Net Price: $12,971
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 55%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Total Enrollment: 4,482
  • Undergrad Students: 4,482
  • Graduate Students: N/A
  • Grads Salary: $35,300
  • Student-to-faculty: 20:1
  • Rochester Community and Technical College

Top 20 Best Online Colleges in Minnesota


1

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Score: 93.23

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $15,859
    • Out-of-State: $35,099
  • Net Price: $16,018
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Retention Rate: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Total Enrollment: 54,955
  • Undergrad Students: 39,248
  • Graduate Students: 15,707
  • Grads Salary: $78,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 16:1
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2

St. Catherine University

Score: 80.43

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $47,870
    • Out-of-State: $47,870
  • Net Price: $19,976
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • Retention Rate: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,577
  • Undergrad Students: 2,404
  • Graduate Students: 1,173
  • Grads Salary: $75,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 10:1
  • St. Catherine University
3

Concordia University-Saint Paul

Score: 79.13

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $24,400
    • Out-of-State: $24,400
  • Net Price: $17,776
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Retention Rate: 61%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Total Enrollment: 5,544
  • Undergrad Students: 3,071
  • Graduate Students: 2,473
  • Grads Salary: $76,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 13:1
  • Concordia University-Saint Paul
4

University of St. Thomas-St. Paul

Score: 78.81

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $50,366
    • Out-of-State: $50,366
  • Net Price: $30,137
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Retention Rate: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 80%
  • Total Enrollment: 9,025
  • Undergrad Students: 5,906
  • Graduate Students: 3,119
  • Grads Salary: $78,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 13:1
  • University of St. Thomas-St. Paul
5

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Score: 77.83

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $9,444
    • Out-of-State: $18,814
  • Net Price: $16,809
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Retention Rate: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Total Enrollment: 14,590
  • Undergrad Students: 12,676
  • Graduate Students: 1,914
  • Grads Salary: $71,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 21:1
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato
6

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Score: 77.34

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $10,236
    • Out-of-State: $19,072
  • Net Price: $17,939
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Retention Rate: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Total Enrollment: 4,682
  • Undergrad Students: 3,729
  • Graduate Students: 953
  • Grads Salary: $67,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 17:1
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
7

Herzing University-Minneapolis

Score: 77.29

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $12,750
    • Out-of-State: $12,750
  • Net Price: $19,527
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Retention Rate: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Total Enrollment: 815
  • Undergrad Students: 808
  • Graduate Students: 7
  • Grads Salary: $67,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 14:1
  • Herzing University-Minneapolis
8

The College of St. Scholastica

Score: 77.17

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $39,410
    • Out-of-State: $39,410
  • Net Price: $24,578
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,207
  • Undergrad Students: 1,938
  • Graduate Students: 1,269
  • Grads Salary: $77,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 10:1
  • The College of St. Scholastica
9

Martin Luther College

Score: 76.7

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $17,420
    • Out-of-State: $17,420
  • Net Price: $22,293
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Retention Rate: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Total Enrollment: 880
  • Undergrad Students: 755
  • Graduate Students: 125
  • Grads Salary: $63,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 9:1
  • Martin Luther College
10

Winona State University

Score: 76.2

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $10,492
    • Out-of-State: $17,224
  • Net Price: $18,187
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Retention Rate: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Total Enrollment: 6,154
  • Undergrad Students: 5,403
  • Graduate Students: 751
  • Grads Salary: $65,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 16:1
  • Winona State University
11

St. Cloud State University

Score: 76.19

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $10,117
    • Out-of-State: $20,001
  • Net Price: $14,065
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Retention Rate: 69%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Total Enrollment: 10,420
  • Undergrad Students: 8,569
  • Graduate Students: 1,851
  • Grads Salary: $73,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 16:1
  • St. Cloud State University
12

Hamline University

Score: 76.05

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $46,616
    • Out-of-State: $46,616
  • Net Price: $23,021
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Retention Rate: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Total Enrollment: 2,638
  • Undergrad Students: 1,765
  • Graduate Students: 873
  • Grads Salary: $69,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 13:1
  • Hamline University
13

Bethel University-Saint Paul

Score: 75.98

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $41,270
    • Out-of-State: $41,270
  • Net Price: $29,915
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Retention Rate: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 75%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,546
  • Undergrad Students: 2,592
  • Graduate Students: 954
  • Grads Salary: $74,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 12:1
  • Bethel University-Saint Paul
14

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Score: 75.74

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $41,150
    • Out-of-State: $41,150
  • Net Price: $22,843
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Retention Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Total Enrollment: 4,133
  • Undergrad Students: 1,100
  • Graduate Students: 3,033
  • Grads Salary: $75,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 17:1
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
15

Bemidji State University

Score: 75.21

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $10,130
    • Out-of-State: $10,130
  • Net Price: $15,561
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Retention Rate: 71%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Total Enrollment: 4,023
  • Undergrad Students: 3,677
  • Graduate Students: 346
  • Grads Salary: $66,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 16:1
  • Bemidji State University
16

Rasmussen University-Minnesota

Score: 71.88

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $11,205
    • Out-of-State: $11,205
  • Net Price: $17,858
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Total Enrollment: 3,058
  • Undergrad Students: 2,649
  • Graduate Students: 409
  • Grads Salary: $63,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 13:1
  • Rasmussen University-Minnesota
17

Southwest Minnesota State University

Score: 71.22

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $10,122
    • Out-of-State: $10,122
  • Net Price: $15,004
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Retention Rate: 67%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Total Enrollment: 6,930
  • Undergrad Students: 6,518
  • Graduate Students: 412
  • Grads Salary: $66,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 15:1
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
18

Metropolitan State University

Score: 70.4

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $9,684
    • Out-of-State: $9,684
  • Net Price: $19,347
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Retention Rate: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Total Enrollment: 6,294
  • Undergrad Students: 5,488
  • Graduate Students: 806
  • Grads Salary: $75,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 14:1
  • Metropolitan State University
19

Capella University

Score: 70.14

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $14,328
    • Out-of-State: $14,328
  • Net Price: $14,935
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 36%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Total Enrollment: 39,727
  • Undergrad Students: 13,280
  • Graduate Students: 26,447
  • Grads Salary: $74,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 35:1
  • Capella University
20

North Central University

Score: 70.04

  • Undergraduate Tuition
    • In-State: $28,000
    • Out-of-State: $28,000
  • Net Price: $23,374
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Retention Rate: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Total Enrollment: 992
  • Undergrad Students: 893
  • Graduate Students: 99
  • Grads Salary: $65,000
  • Student-to-faculty: 11:1
  • North Central University

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