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2022 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota

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  1. #1 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    Carleton College

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    4 Year,

    NORTHFIELD, MN,

    505 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I have loved my first two trimesters at Carleton College! It bears noting that the trimester system is very fast paced, but as long as you are up to the task, it can be a really great way to dive....

    Read 505 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 21%,

    Net Price: $30,843,

    SAT Range: 1330-1520,

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  2. Macalester College

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    4 Year,

    SAINT PAUL, MN,

    449 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Macalester was an excellent choice for me. I am from California and was looking for a small liberal arts school with strong academics, a diverse community, a suburban/urban location and the....

    Read 449 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 39%,

    Net Price: $35,589,

    SAT Range: 1280-1450,

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  3. University of Minnesota Twin Cities

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    4 Year,

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN,

    4572 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I'm a freshman at the U and after experiencing much of what the university had to offer, I realized how fitting this school was for me. The academic and advising support I received greatly helped me...I think the academic and professional opportunities make up for the sub-par dorms, dining hall food, and public safety to an extent, but I hope to see these areas improved in the future. All of my....

    Read 4572 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 70%,

    Net Price: $17,729,

    SAT Range: 1240-1460,

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  5. #4 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    St. Olaf College

    4 Year,

    NORTHFIELD, MN,

    749 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I'm currently a sophomore on the hill, and one thing I can say for sure is that the professors are INCREDIBLE! I haven't had a bad professor yet. Maybe I'm just lucky, but I think it's because St.....

    Read 749 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 48%,

    Net Price: $27,838,

    SAT Range: 1150-1390,

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  6. University of St. Thomas - Minnesota

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    4 Year,

    SAINT PAUL, MN,

    1221 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says UST is a really great school! The professors really care, and the classes are great no matter what your major is. The staff genuinely cares about students and will do anything to help them. There is....

    Read 1221 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Acceptance Rate: 87%,

    Net Price: $31,799,

    SAT Range: 1130-1340,

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  7. #6 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    Gustavus Adolphus College

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    4 Year,

    SAINT PETER, MN,

    861 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Amazing professors who are good humans, first and foremost.Driven students. Tons of interests. Many minds. Even more perspectives.Extremely intriguing and useful courses.Resources. Resources. Resources. Make use of them!Liberal arts. Nothing beats it.Cliquey. Very much so.Drama. Ugh. Worse than middle school, if you're into that. There's plenty of crowds that don't run like that, however. Just be patient with yourself to find them.Not-too-Christian. (Hope this is reformed).Homey. Small. Sincere. Personal.Trust me, it's better than what the pictures show. It's better than what's advertised. It's home for four years, and a nice one..

    Read 861 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 71%,

    Net Price: $26,701,

    SAT Range: 1080-1340,

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  9. #7 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    University of Minnesota Crookston

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    4 Year,

    CROOKSTON, MN,

    184 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says After my first year of attending college, I found that the University of Minnesota Crookston had a lot to offer. Between the variety of clubs available to join, to the on-campus activities that never....

    Read 184 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 72%,

    Net Price: $12,010,

    SAT Range: 1000-1180,

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  10. #8 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    Concordia College

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    4 Year,

    MOORHEAD, MN,

    771 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Rigorous academics, and a value on education, beyond the confines of a classroom. Close-knit campus community, and alumni- with many opportunities for hands-on learning, networking, internships, and...Very friendly campus community, with big city amenities, and two large universities close by. Having toured other small colleges, Concordia stood out to me due to it’s friendly, down-to-earth community, and emphasis on being globally aware, and engaged. I’d like to see more international...Concordia college has many excellent resources available- whether that be for furthering education, internship placement, research opportunities, or medical school preparation. The music program, and...Winters are brutal here, but that makes studying abroad all the more enticing!.

    Read 771 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 58%,

    Net Price: $24,096,

    SAT Range: 1020-1320,

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  11. #9 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    St. Catherine University

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    4 Year,

    SAINT PAUL, MN,

    1011 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says St. Catherine University has been an excellent fit for me. I have found a strong, tight-knit community and enjoy the ability to make close connections with my professors and classmates. The all-women....

    Read 1011 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 76%,

    Net Price: $18,912,

    SAT Range: 1080-1240,

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  12. #10 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    Saint John's University - Minnesota

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    4 Year,

    COLLEGEVILLE, MN,

    395 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says The diversity in Saint Johns is surprisingly well diverse. This school has a variety of different types of students, and you do not feel left out when you are talking about race. It is a beautiful....

    Read 395 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 81%,

    Net Price: $28,128,

    SAT Range: 990-1190,

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  13. University of Minnesota Duluth

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    4 Year,

    DULUTH, MN,

    1142 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says UMD is an excellent university for those seeking a small school environment with large school resources. I found large schools were difficult to get from one class to another without most of your....

    Read 1142 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 79%,

    Net Price: $18,211,

    SAT Range: 1050-1240,

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  14. #12 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    College of Saint Benedict

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    4 Year,

    SAINT JOSEPH, MN,

    630 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I absolutely love St. Bens! Everyone there is so welcoming and the monastery population is so kind! Although it is an all girls school, they do an amazing job of integrating the Johnnies and vice....

    Read 630 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 84%,

    Net Price: $27,960,

    SAT Range: 1070-1200,

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  15. Alexandria Technical & Community College

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    2 Year,

    ALEXANDRIA, MN,

    158 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I have only taken summer classes but have had amazing teachers! I am fully online. I like being online because I feel it is more of a one-to-one. If I need help I can have a zoom meeting or email....

    Read 158 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $12,976,

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  16. #13 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    The College of St. Scholastica

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    4 Year,

    DULUTH, MN,

    541 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says As a veteran student this college is one of the best! The pandemic forced us to be online which is okay, I perform better hands-on. Anyways- the instructors are great! The Center for Equal Access....

    Read 541 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 74%,

    Net Price: $23,215,

    SAT Range: 1050-1270,

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  17. Dakota County Technical College

    2 Year,

    ROSEMOUNT, MN,

    133 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Graduate Student says At Dakota County Technical College each instructor treats each student as an individual. The instructors promote us identifying and walking through our own mistakes. Instructors ensure we are...Campus is also very comfortable. We have an excellent library with multiple resources. Laptops and iPads are readily available for rent. DCTC has diversity, and respects and recognizes different....

    Read 133 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $10,567,

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  18. #14 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    Dunwoody College of Technology

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    4 Year,

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN,

    179 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Specialists are popular. Each industry from development and assembling to transportation and data innovation needs architects to take care of issues and drive advancement. In Dunwoody's School of Engineering, your instruction begins on the very beginning. Coursework is venture based, which implies hypothetical designing standards are fortified and experienced through....

    Read 179 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 97%,

    Net Price: $25,881,

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  19. University of Minnesota - Rochester

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    4 Year,

    ROCHESTER, MN,

    171 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I like the school it is really nice and small. I think that there isn’t a school life balance, it is mostly academic. There isn’t actually sport team. The lecture and class are difficult and can take....

    Read 171 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 74%,

    Net Price: $15,469,

    SAT Range: 1010-1250,

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  20. #16 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    Metropolitan State University - Minnesota

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    4 Year,

    SAINT PAUL, MN,

    476 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says I came to MetroState’s History Department at as a non-degree seeking student, intending to learn more about historical research, while preparing for graduate studies in dance history. What stood out....

    Read 476 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 56%,

    Net Price: $15,941,

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  21. Ridgewater College

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    2 Year,

    WILLMAR, MN,

    127 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I love going to this college! I have been doing online classes through this school as a PSEO student. I will be getting my certification in Early Childhood Education by the time I graduate high....

    Read 127 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $10,664,

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  22. #17 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    Minnesota State University, Mankato

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    4 Year,

    MANKATO, MN,

    1188 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Overall, I like everything about Minnesota State University, Mankato. This is best place for student to start their study and career. This university provides many scholarships and helps everyone....

    Read 1188 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 67%,

    Net Price: $15,201,

    SAT Range: 886-1106,

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  23. Central Lakes College - Brainerd

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    2 Year,

    BRAINERD, MN,

    209 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Overall my experience was very positive! I very much enjoyed my experience at Central Lakes College, Brainerd. The staff and faculty was held to a high standard and I learned a lot from my time...I really enjoyed my time at CLC and would highly recommend the college for anyone seeking a great two year community college degree, or are seeking transfer credits..

    Read 209 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $12,014,

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  24. Hamline University

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    4 Year,

    SAINT PAUL, MN,

    856 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I love the schools actions on diversity, the student body really feels diverse and representative of the world. The teachers are all fantastic, and Hamline offers many opportunities for students.....

    Read 856 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 69%,

    Net Price: $21,528,

    SAT Range: 1000-1250,

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  25. #19 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    Winona State University

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    4 Year,

    WINONA, MN,

    914 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Winona State University has a great environment! The campus is beautiful as well as the whole town. There is a lot to do in Winona. Winona is great for outdoor activities as well for indoor....

    Read 914 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 68%,

    Net Price: $17,185,

    SAT Range: 960-1130,

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  26. Minnesota State Community and Technical College

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    2 Year,

    FERGUS FALLS, MN,

    227 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Personally, I love this place. The staff is incredibly welcoming and helpful and there are lots of resources if you need them. The facility is clean and the environment is pleasant for learning or....

    Read 227 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 100%,

    Net Price: $10,233,

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  27. #20 Best Test Optional Colleges in Minnesota.

    University of Minnesota - Morris

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    4 Year,

    MORRIS, MN,

    447 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I never thought I'd be the kid of person to want to go to college in such a small town and campus, but it has been the best decision I ever made. Because Morris is a small town and community, you....

    Read 447 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 65%,

    Net Price: $11,147,

    SAT Range: 1070-1260,

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