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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:
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.
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.’
|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%|
|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%|
|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%|
|28||Martin Luther College||90.13%|
|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%|
|35||University of Northwestern-St Paul||85.57%|
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