2017 Best Colleges in Minnesota

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    Carleton College

    • Northfield, MN
    • 466 reviews
    Freshman:The school has an incredibly open community; cliques are fluid and almost anyone is welcome and can feel comfortable sitting with any group. Dining hall food is great, although there are few good restaurants in the area. Classes are fantastic and the trimester system works very well for people who live far away (winter break extends from before thanksgiving to after new years). In addition, the trimester system allows students to fit three academic terms into one year while focusing more intensely on less during those terms, all the while still leaving room for a long winter break.
    The biggest downside for me is that students seem less individual and more self-effacing than some other similar liberal arts colleges.
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    University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    • Minneapolis, MN
    • 3,847 reviews
    Junior:The Twin Cities campus is very convenient as a student who doestrogen not use a car for transportation, the circulators and connectors have saved me a lot of time. I live in University Village, an on-campus apartment, just a block away from the Greenline station, 3 blocks from a target, and is affordable! I've had great experiences with faculty and staff as well, my instructors respond efficiently to inquiries about the class and coursework. Not to mention the various opportunities to participate in various clubs and activities. I love ASL Club and have enjoyed the Ke $have concert that was on campus this past fall. Attending the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities has allowed me to explore more in my major (Child Psychology, BA) because there are a larger quantity of courses than the community college I transferred from. The diversity on campus has made me more culturally curious about different demographics in our country.
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    Macalester College

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 373 reviews
    College Freshman:The first week on campus is orientation, where first years are put into "clans" made up of students from our first year courses and students from another "sister" first year course. Clans spend this week getting to know each other and the campus, by playing ice breaker games and talking in circles. There are also opportunities for students to go and explore campus, meet staff and introduce themselves to different services offered on campus. There were also a lot of activities being held at all hours of the day- sometimes it could be overwhelming because there was never enough time to get to everything, but it was nice to have options. There were mandatory meetings with the school president and other staff to teach the first years about Macalester values and principles, such as consent, sustainability, diversity, and multiculturalism. While these could get a bit tedious, it was also very nice to have all the first years in one place to learn about Macalester. Overall, orientation here at Macalester was great, and really acclimated me to the college- so much so that after orientation, I already felt as though I had been on campus for a month, rather than a week. The welcoming nature of Macalester and the acceptance felt from staff and fellow students did not dissipate once classes began, either. Any stereotypes you have previously made of people based on their appearance or clothing is contradicted at Macalester. Everyone that I would normally write off as shallow or rude turn out to be very intelligent, kind, and open. It definitely threw me for a loop for a while, but it is nice to know that negative stereotypes do not prevail here. This means, however, that diversity of opinion on political and social issues is not very diverse. Most people on campus are very progressive, and this is definitely not a campus for someone of more conservative beliefs because there will rarely be someone else to agree with. Finally, classes are challenging but interesting and rewarding
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    St. Olaf College

    • Northfield, MN
    • 659 reviews
    Freshman:St. Olaf College is the perfect fit for anyone in any field of interest who also wants an amazing liberal arts education. With a small, family-like campus, it seems everyone here loves St. Olaf with a passion! The food is ranked among the best in the US, and that barely compares to the college's superior quality of education. The faculty and professors are all extremely qualified in their fields and are all very helpful in making sure everyone has a successful education.
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    Gustavus Adolphus College

    • Saint Peter, MN
    • 740 reviews
    Senior:The campus is nice. The dorms are good but aren't spectacular. The food is average and we have decent sports teams. The academics are very good and the arts are exceptional. However the Liberal atmosphere can be a little too much. People get stuck in this bubble of Gustavus. Say one wrong thing and its off with your head. Needs more chill in its life. But overall I give it 4 stars because its a great instituition but its not top of the line. Also the price tag is spendy, so you can expect some very rich and kinda 'have my cake and eat it too' type of people. But if you like all that I have described then this place is for you!
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    University of St. Thomas - Minnesota

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 1,037 reviews
    College Freshman:My experience at UST has been amazing! I just finished my first-year and I had three mentors, all which were wonderful and very helpful. Having three mentors was my favorite experience of UST because I built a relationship with different individuals with different backgrounds, knowledge and experience. This way I learned more and became involved with various and different opportunities and club/activities at school.
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    Concordia College

    • Moorhead, MN
    • 699 reviews
    Sophomore:Concordia College is my second home. Everyone here is so genuinely nice, the professors are supportive and want to get to know you as an individual, and the courses are rigorous and rewarding. Concordia is a place that challenges you while also giving you incredible opportunities to work/intern in your chosen field, study away, and be involved in many different things. Nestled in the fast-growing community of Fargo-Moorhead, a tri-college town, there are so many fun things to do!
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    College Junior:Morris is a good school for a lot of students. There are a lot of activities offered and clubs and since it's part of the U of MN system, there are a lot of resources to draw from for research, academics, or study abroad. The class sizes are small and it's a small community feel and for the most part everybody knows everybody. It is a small town and you have to be able to make your own fun to enjoy your time at Morris. Athletic teams are not top of the line, but they're fun and free to watch and there are a lot of intramural sports offered for students to make their own teams. Students are often overly involved in clubs and activities outside of class making it a very active campus.
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    University of Minnesota - Crookston

    • Crookston, MN
    • 137 reviews
    Niche User:The University of Minnesota Crookston has a wonderful campus. When I was there for my college visit the staff and students there were so friendly and gave a great tour of campus. Their new gym center they just built for the students is amazing. I think that was a very good and considerate idea. I love their horse arena and barn as well, it's a beautiful facility. Everything about the UMC is great.
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    Hamline University

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 735 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Hamline! My favorite parts about it are the size and location. Being in the Twin Cities means that there is always something going on, and having a community of only 2,000ish people means that their are familiar faces everywhere I go!
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    The College of St. Scholastica

    • Duluth, MN
    • 477 reviews
    Sophomore:I love The College of St. Scholastica because it is truly a close knit community. The small school feel and the people you meet made my experience here so far, amazing. Every where you go you run into people who are friendly and going to make your experience better. There are always things going on on campus and always things for you to get involved in. The only thing I would hope to change is improving the living spaces a little bit more. Other than that I think this school is the perfect place for me and several others.
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    Martin Luther College

    • New Ulm, MN
    • 125 reviews
    Sophomore:Martin Luther College is a great place to grow in your faith and get to meet friends for the rest of your life. The professor's are very approachable and willing to help. I think that the school should advertise more the other majors available not just education or pastor. We also have Chemistry, English, Physical Education, Social Studies, and more! The price of the school is very affordable when looking at other colleges.
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    Dunwoody College of Technology

    • Minneapolis, MN
    • 141 reviews
    Junior:Very good school. Small classes, very hands on learning. Employers love Dunwoody graduates, and are on the top of the list for jobs. Very good instructors that care how you do and how much you learn. Highly recommend!
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    Winona State University

    • Winona, MN
    • 787 reviews
    Sophomore:Winona State University offers multiple opportunities. However, these opportunities are not always so easy to utilize. In order for these experiences to be fully efficient and used to their maximum, some things need to change. Many students can be nervous or afraid to try new things, experience different surroundings, and meet new people. Going to new club meetings or asking questions needs to be a normality if every student is going to succeed at Winona State. In order to make this happen, I think more resources need to be made available to students who want to do these things, but have barriers holding them back.
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    Augsburg College

    • Minneapolis, MN
    • 493 reviews
    Freshman:I have completed a semester at Augsburg College. The students are very friendly and easy to talk to. The professors are always ready to answer questions and help students during their office hours. There are tutors and SI sessions available to students who need help in their studies. Augsburg has also variety of non academic activities like, athletics and clubs. I am looking forward to my remaining time in Augsburg College.
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    Minneapolis College of Art & Design

    • Minneapolis, MN
    • 203 reviews
    Freshman:Im in my first year here at MCAD, love the school! Its a bit expensive, just as most art schools, but it trys its best to make up for it. Constantly free trips and fun, food, activities, clubs, movie nights, etc. beautiful range of seasons here as well. Has great dorm pricing considering they come with personal restrooms, kitchens, and living rooms. Lovely people, friendly staff, real great community feel! Couldn't see myself anywhere else but here in the long run.
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    College Sophomore:I will be going into my second year of school here and I am still here for a reason! The University of Minnesota Duluth campus is amazing! Its just a few minutes form downtown, has state parks fairly close and a lot of good food restaurants just waking distance. One thing that makes my school unique is that since we have one of the harshest winters in the state of Minnesota, we have underground tunnels that connect to every single building. This makes it easier and so much more comfortable from waking class to class even if its a snowstorm outside. My favorite thing to do after class is go to canal park. That is in downtown Duluth and it has shops, restaurant, museums and everything else. There is always something to do and a different thing for each season. Such as in fall, there is a ship that creates itself as a haunted house that tourists and locals can walk through.
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    Minnesota State University

    • Mankato, MN
    • 987 reviews
    Freshman:So far, Minnesota State University, Mankato has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I am learning that everyone is here because they want something better for the future. We've got big ideas, and we want to share them with the world. The professors that I have are extremely friendly, dedicated to the education of their students, and are very accessible. My peers have been more diverse than I was expecting, and that's amazing. Diversity displays open-mindedness and acceptance. I have found a few little niches for myself along the way as well; it's amazing how easy it is to get involved! I can't wait to see what the future holds for me here at MSU.
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    Graduate Student:So far, I'm really enjoying my experience at Saint Mary's University! I am an online student and the school provided me with an iPad, which is so great. The class structure is easy to understand and the professors are typically very quick to respond to any questions or concerns. I do wish we were able to take more than one class at a time, but I can understand why the university does not allow it.
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    University of Northwestern - St. Paul

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 664 reviews
    Sophomore:This college is an excellent choice for all students who love the conservative Christian outlook and environment! All faculty and staff are very supportive, and you are constantly meeting new people! Knowing that you have common ground with everyone on campus by believing in Jesus Christ, both professors and students encourage and uplift you while you are growing in your faith and in your studies!
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    Senior:There are incredible professors here who really care about knowing the students interpersonally and helping launch them into success after graduation! The resources here are top-notch also. If you're looking for a job or worried about the look of your resume, the Career Resource Center is standing by to help you through that process. Overall, a really great school if you're willing to overlook the traditional college experience and focus on your academics.
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    St. Catherine University

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 807 reviews
    Freshman:So far, my experience at St. Kate's has been great! The professors genuinely care about the success of their students and the university is very proud of its history. I would have given it a five but not a lot happens on weekends at school. I'm not a partier but it definitely feels like a suitcase college. Also, I love the all-women aspect since it is all about women empowering one another. However, I do miss seeing the male gender. I wish there were more men who took classes at St. Kate's.
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    Bethany Lutheran College

    • Mankato, MN
    • 198 reviews
    Sophomore:Small college, cozy, comfortable, connected. Busy college town, nice food, nightlife, neat places.The professors are helpful and engaging and actually want you to succeed. Class sizes are small which adds to the quality of education. Cafeteria food is okay, but not great. The campus is quite small so it's easy to get from building to building, and you'll become familiar with nearly every face you meet. If you're looking for a college where everyone's pleasant and generally minds their own business, and has sports and study places and little clubs for everyone, this is it. The campus looks welcoming and feels safe. There are always several nighttime security on duty, and a quick phone call will get you a ride to your car or dorm any time.I attended as a post secondary high school student, and was accepted and fit quite comfortably in among the students, easy pace and class sizes. I likely will be attending Bethany for my college career and recommend it.
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    Concordia University - Minnesota

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 266 reviews
    College Freshman:From just the short time being here, I already know that I have picked the very best school for me. The professors care about you and want to help you succeed. The very first day I spent there my music professor came up to me in the hallway and addressed me by name and asked me about a choir audition. My other professors have also asked me what they can do to help me succeed. I wouldn't choose a different college if given the choice because I believe this one is the best for me!
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    Freshman:I'm so glad I chose to attend MSUM. It has a small town community feel in a urban area. Everything on campus has easy access, and the campus mall is wonderful regardless of season. The dining hall has a pretty good variety of food, along with the six different restaurants located in the student union. There is a great variety of classes, and my experiences with professors have all been positive. The campus is near several grocery stores, which comes in handy. Public safety is quick to arrive if you ever need help, from wanting an escort across campus or jump starting your car. Overall, I'm very happy with choosing to go to MSUM!
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