10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Minnesota For 2019

by Chris Kolmar
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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.

Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.

Compared to a lot of other states, Minnesota has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.

All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in MN, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Minnesota.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Minnesota:

  1. Saint Johns University
  2. College of Saint Benedict
  3. Concordia College at Moorhead
  4. Winona State University
  5. Gustavus Adolphus College
  6. University of Minnesota-Duluth
  7. Minnesota State University-Mankato
  8. Southwest Minnesota State University
  9. The College of Saint Scholastica
  10. University of St Thomas

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Minnesota has to offer.

How We Determined The Best Schools In Minnesota For Jobs

Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.

We limited the analysis to the 36 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Minnesota that offer at least a bachelors degree.

Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.

The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, Saint Johns University, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Minnesota.’

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Minnesota

Rank College Employed
1 Saint Johns University 95.16%
2 College of Saint Benedict 94.88%
3 Concordia College at Moorhead 94.56%
4 Winona State University 94.5%
5 Gustavus Adolphus College 94.3%
6 University of Minnesota-Duluth 94.11%
7 Minnesota State University-Mankato 93.9%
8 Southwest Minnesota State University 93.61%
9 The College of Saint Scholastica 93.29%
10 University of St Thomas 93.27%
11 University of Minnesota-Morris 93.27%
12 St Olaf College 92.96%
13 Hamline University 92.85%
14 Saint Cloud State University 92.74%
15 Minnesota State University Moorhead 92.49%
16 University of Minnesota-Rochester 92.47%
17 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 92.47%
18 Concordia University-Saint Paul 92.04%
19 Augsburg University 91.91%
20 St Catherine University 91.7%
21 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota 91.57%
22 Bemidji State University 91.46%
23 Northwestern Health Sciences University 90.91%
24 Dunwoody College of Technology 90.82%
25 University of Minnesota-Crookston 90.64%
26 Carleton College 90.4%
27 Bethel University 90.38%
28 Martin Luther College 90.13%
29 Macalester College 89.78%
30 Metropolitan State University 89.32%
31 Minneapolis College of Art and Design 88.47%
32 Bethany Lutheran College 88.45%
33 North Central University 86.47%
34 Crown College 85.71%
35 University of Northwestern-St Paul 85.57%
36 Herzing University-Minneapolis 82.34%
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