These Are The 10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Minnesota For 2019

Chris Kolmar
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. University of St Thomas
  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. University of Minnesota-Crookston
  9. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
  10. St Olaf College

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, University of St Thomas, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Minnesota.’

1. University of St Thomas

University of St Thomas

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Saint Paul
Employed: 94.38%

2. College of Saint Benedict

College of Saint Benedict

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Saint Joseph
Employed: 94.37%

3. Concordia College at Moorhead

Concordia College at Moorhead

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Moorhead
Employed: 94.12%

4. Winona State University

Winona State University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Winona
Employed: 94.01%

5. Gustavus Adolphus College

Gustavus Adolphus College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Saint Peter
Employed: 93.99%

6. University of Minnesota-Duluth

University of Minnesota-Duluth

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Duluth
Employed: 93.74%

7. Minnesota State University-Mankato

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Mankato
Employed: 93.61%

8. University of Minnesota-Crookston

University of Minnesota-Crookston

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Crookston
Employed: 93.44%

9. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Winona
Employed: 93.27%

10. St Olaf College

St Olaf College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Northfield
Employed: 93.21%

There You Have It — The Best Colleges For Jobs In Minnesota

If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only Minnesota, but the entire country.

Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in Minnesota by their employment rates 10 years after college.

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Minnesota

Rank College Employed
1 University of St Thomas 94.38%
2 College of Saint Benedict 94.37%
3 Concordia College at Moorhead 94.12%
4 Winona State University 94.01%
5 Gustavus Adolphus College 93.99%
6 University of Minnesota-Duluth 93.74%
7 Minnesota State University-Mankato 93.61%
8 University of Minnesota-Crookston 93.44%
9 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota 93.27%
10 St Olaf College 93.21%
11 Minnesota State University Moorhead 92.86%
12 Saint Cloud State University 92.73%
13 Southwest Minnesota State University 92.56%
14 Concordia University-Saint Paul 92.23%
15 University of Minnesota-Rochester 92.03%
16 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 92.03%
17 Hamline University 91.92%
18 University of Minnesota-Morris 91.75%
19 The College of Saint Scholastica 91.24%
20 Carleton College 91.08%
21 St Catherine University 91.08%
22 Augsburg College 91.02%
23 Bemidji State University 90.85%
24 Bethel Seminary-St Paul 90.75%
25 Bethel University 90.75%
26 Martin Luther College 90.63%
27 Dunwoody College of Technology 90.33%
28 Macalester College 89.64%
29 Metropolitan State University 88.25%
30 Northwestern Health Sciences University 88.07%
31 Bethany Lutheran College 87.77%
32 Minneapolis College of Art and Design 87.16%
33 North Central University 87.08%
34 University of Northwestern-St Paul 84.58%
35 Crown College 83.68%
36 Oak Hills Christian College 73.27%
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