2017 Best Colleges in Minnesota

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    Carleton College

    • Northfield, MN
    • 465 reviews
    College Sophomore:Carleton is an incredible place to go to school--the people really care about academics, real issues, and each other. There are also literally hundreds of activities to get involved with, so there is pretty much something for everyone.
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    University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    • Minneapolis, MN
    • 3,832 reviews
    College Sophomore:I would choose the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities every single time if someone asked me what school I wanted to attend. The academic rigor is challenging but very possible to get good grades with and the community is so friendly and welcoming. The campus is gorgeous and there is always new opportunities to try new things or become apart or new programs and extracurricular activities. The professors are outstanding and always willing to lend a hand if you are struggling. I have made so many great memories here as a gopher and I can't wait to see what lies in store for the next three years.
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    Macalester College

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 372 reviews
    College Sophomore:Macalester has provided an incredibly welcoming and intellectually stimulating college experience thus far. It's students and faculty share an excitement for learning and the avant-garde. Before coming to Macalester I was unsure of how I would feel in this alien place, but since being here for nearly two years I have grown the love the college and all the members of its community. It truly is a hidden gem.
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    St. Olaf College

    • Northfield, MN
    • 659 reviews
    College Sophomore:St. Olaf is a dream come true. I feel so at home there, each department is amazing and encouraging, and everyone is friendly and interesting.
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    Gustavus Adolphus College

    • Saint Peter, MN
    • 737 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:"Gusties wil shine" is our battle cry and we truly embody this at Gustavus. I came in as a transfer student and truly found my "place" and myself at Gustavus. I discovered a major and career path that I was truly passionate about, was privileged to have professors who not only wanted you to succeed, but truly became surrogate parents, was given the amazing opportunity to study abroad, and was blessed with lifelong friends who are more like family. I absolutely love that beautiful, albeit windy, haven on top of the hill.
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    University of St. Thomas - Minnesota

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 1,033 reviews
    College Sophomore:The University of St. Thomas is a light in my life. In all actuality, the school has such bright colored buildings and people that it makes my experience so much happier. Smiling is one of my favorite things and every day I am here, it never fails to bring a smile to my face.
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    Concordia College

    • Moorhead, MN
    • 697 reviews
    College Sophomore:The professors are all concerned about you and your successwith. The small class size helps give you a one on one experience with the professor and really helps you understand what you are learning at a deeper, more personalized level. Obviously some professors are better than others but for the most part, I haven't had a professor I haven't at least somewhat liked. it is a very close knit atmosphere and after a while it really feesl like you are part of a community.
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    College Junior:I've had a lot of fun while learning a lot from all of my professors. The University of Minnesota-Morris invests a lot of their time and money into making college important yet fun. With UMM being a very diverse school, you get to learn about so many different cultures.
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    University of Minnesota - Crookston

    • Crookston, MN
    • 137 reviews
    College Freshman:I wanted a small campus environment but a big degree. So when I was offered a scholarship there for football I accepted, but had second thoughts of the cold cold weather. It has great academics, and great value but not a great location. The professors are pretty cool, and workload is not too heavy, since we work mainly on our computers, which was given to me and all athletes. The study area is great.
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    Hamline University

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 732 reviews
    College Junior:Hamline has been a really great school so far. The class sizes are nice and teachers really connect with each student on a personal level. I came for athletics and the culture for athletes is great.
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    The College of St. Scholastica

    • Duluth, MN
    • 476 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love the college I chose. It is a small campus in a large city. Duluth is a beautiful place and a perfect distance from my hometown. The strong sense of community was really important to me when choosing a college. I wish it was not as expensive as it is, but it is what it is. I felt comfortable on the campus the first time I visited and I could see myself calling that place home.
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    Martin Luther College

    • New Ulm, MN
    • 124 reviews
    College Freshman:It's hard, but definitely worth the hard workload. I admit that I don't always take advantage of the study hours, but I do work hard when it counts. I love it.
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    Dunwoody College of Technology

    • Minneapolis, MN
    • 140 reviews
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    Winona State University

    • Winona, MN
    • 785 reviews
    College Sophomore:Overall, Winona State University is a wonderful school in a cute little town. Although I am looking to transfer, I can say I fully enjoyed my experience here and felt a part of a community, especially since we are on the smaller side. My only drawbacks are in the Winter the only thing to do here is drink or stay in. Not much happening since our downtown is only about 6 blocks. Academics are great and you absolutely get the best bang for your buck.
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    Augsburg College

    • Minneapolis, MN
    • 493 reviews
    College Junior:I love the community at Augsburg. The diversity both racially and culturally have been a welcomed change. I was not sure I wanted to be at a smaller school, but found that it is a great fit for me. My school is unique in the fact that it is right in the heart of Minneapolis, and I am steps, or rides away from wherever I need to be. If I had to go through the college process again, I wouldn't change a thing. I have made amazing friends that will be apart of my life forever and have been able to still watch my younger brother grow up as he is 6 years younger than I am. I didn't want to be in another state and miss going to some of his sporting events, or only get home a couple times a year. Overall, my time has gone by quickly as I am about to finish the first semester of my Junior year :)
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    Minneapolis College of Art & Design

    • Minneapolis, MN
    • 203 reviews
    College Junior:One of the prompts for this question is,"What makes your school unique?". If you have ever seen a college campus before, the second you pull into the MCAD parking lot you will begin to see why my college is so different then any other, why it is unique. If you are an artist, you will fall into a trance of who is that, what's this tool, there's so much art everywhere. The school is honestly a "Hit or Miss" for people,and for the people it hits, it is a fun, challenging, and adultifying experience. This school makes you grow up, if we look like it or not. Being a student at MCAD, I have made more art then I ever have before. I originally went into this school thinking I was going for Graphic Design, but because they encourage you to keep an open mind for the first year and experience all the different paths that art can take you, I decided to follow the path of Furniture Design and I couldn't be more happy. I love my classes, I greatly enjoy my teachers, and I still get to take classes outside of my major. College is not a place you should have the mind set of "I need to get in and out", personally I believe that you should take every opportunity to learn something new, meet new people, make connections because once you're out, you have to find your own way to learn those things, to create an artist community of your own, put yourself on the line to make connections . It is a lot harder outside of campus, so soak it all up now while you're here. MCAD has an amazing assortment of tools for you to utilize to obtain a finished project. This school has more tools and resources then I have ever heard the name of before stepping on campus as a student, and you have access to every single piece of equipment there. MCAD is an establishment that truly wants their students to succeed as artists outside of classes and after graduation. College is a new experience. Do me a favor. Anywhere you go, Just get through your first year. It gets relevant to your interests after that.
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    Recent Alumnus:My undergraduate career was great. Graduate school is a lot of work and it is hard to balance your time between school work, clients and work but it will all be worth it in the end.
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    Minnesota State University

    • Mankato, MN
    • 982 reviews
    College Junior:I am satisfied with my school overall. I knew that by choosing this school, I would choose not only a challenging academic environment, but also a diverse, cultural diversity.
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    College Freshman:It feels great to be finalized on a major here. A lot of students are undecided and I feel that being set early on a major is great because it will be easier in the future when I become a Junior in almost 2 years.
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    University of Northwestern - St. Paul

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 660 reviews
    College Sophomore:I am a TCK who has lived most of my life overseas so I was looking for a college that would embrace my Christian faith, provide me with the training I need for what God has called me to in the future and have a family atmosphere that I would feel comfortable in with my culturally diverse background and I found it at the University of Northwestern!
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    College Junior:What makes the Social Work department at Metropolitan State University so unique is the fact that the professors actually prepare you for the real world by educating you about the inequalities that populations of color experience on a regular basis that prevent them from attaining equal access to valued resources and services. The knowledge that the professors pass down is invaluable. I am really enjoying the program so far!
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    St. Catherine University

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 801 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:If I could do it all over again I would still choose St. Kate's. I liked the small, all girls campus. It created a close community atmosphere where people truly cared about you.
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    Bethany Lutheran College

    • Mankato, MN
    • 196 reviews
    College Senior:I very much enjoy that my school is small enough that I know practically everyone I see on a daily basis. There are plenty of extracurricular activities, of which I have done violin lessons, string band, choir, intramural sports, and the activities committee. I do wish that the school had a football team but it has made me get involved in music more anyway. My school is unique because it is a private Lutheran college and everyone is super friendly.
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    Concordia University - Minnesota

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 265 reviews
    College Junior:I love the diversity here at my school, and how small it is. I love the staff here, I talk to a lot of staff that are not my professors and they make my college experience enjoyable
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    College Sophomore:The courses and professors are pretty typical. Some are good, some are bad, it all pretty much depends on the student and the student's interests/attitude.
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