Facts about the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system
- The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has 31 institutions on 54 campuses in 47 communities.
- The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is the fifth-largest system of two- and four-year colleges and universities in the country, based on student enrollment.
- All of the system's two-year community and technical colleges have an open admissions policy, which means that anyone with a high school diploma or GED may enroll.
- Tuition at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is lower than tuition at private colleges, private trade schools or the University of Minnesota.
- About 93,300 students took online courses during the 2009-2010 academic year.
- An appropriation by the state of Minnesota helps keep the tuition as low as possible. For every $1 paid in tuition, the state pays 78 cents to support a student's education.
- Nearly 88 percent of graduates get jobs related to their field of study.
- More than 80 percent of graduates stay in Minnesota to work or continue their education.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities educate:
- 49 percent of the state's new teaching graduates.
- 83 percent of the state's new nursing graduates.
- 85 percent of the state's law enforcement officers.
- 84 percent of new graduates in the construction trades.
- 90 percent of new mechanics graduates.
- 38 percent of the state's new business graduates.
- 9,000 firefighters and emergency first responders each year.
In addition, the state colleges and universities:
- Serve nearly 430,000 students each year in credit and noncredit courses.
- Produce 34,700 graduates each year.
- Serve more students of color than any other higher education provider in Minnesota - more than 47,000 in 2010.
- Provide career education to 6,000 employers and 179,500 employees each year.
- Offer more than 400 programs and 10,000 course sections completely or predominantly online.
- Educate 63 percent of the state's undergraduates.
- Return $10.87 to the state's economy for every $1 of net state appropriation.
- Place more than 86 percent of graduates in jobs related to their field of study.
- Employ more than 19,300 full-time and part-time faculty and staff.
For more system facts, view our 2010 system facts booklet (PDF)