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The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system is one of two systems of public higher education in the state of Minnesota (the other is the University of Minnesota).

With its 31 institutions, including 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is the largest single provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota. 58% of the state's undergraduate students attend a Minnesota State College or University. It is the fifth largest system of higher education in the country.

The system has 54 campuses conveniently located in 47 Minnesota communities, serving more than 430,000 students, with 120,000 students taking non-credit courses and customized training programs designed for businesses.  Overall, the system produces 41,700 graduates each year, of whom 81% get jobs in related fields and 80% stay in Minnesota, contributing to the state's economy.

MnSCU colleges and universities offer 470 programs and 16,400 courses partially or fully online. 107,100 students took an online course during the 2011-2012 academic year. The system also serves more than 59,900 students of color (more than any other provider of higher education in Minnesota), 26,636 PSEO students and 10,644 Veterans. MnSCU serves more low income students than all of the other higher education providers in the state combined.