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Top Colleges in Minnesota for 2017

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges 2017 tool. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
36
OVERALL SCORE
98.96
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
2 Rasmussen College-Minnesota Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
83%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
78
OVERALL SCORE
97.92
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Minnesota West Community and Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
57%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
28
OVERALL SCORE
97.84
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
4 Alexandria Technical & Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
39%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
96.28
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
35
OVERALL SCORE
94.52
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 Concordia University-Saint Paul Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
65%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
36
OVERALL SCORE
92.12
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 North Hennepin Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
32
OVERALL SCORE
91.12
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 Northwest Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
73%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
37
OVERALL SCORE
90.56
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
9 Hamline University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
16%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
88.4
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 The College of Saint Scholastica Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
88.08
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 University of Minnesota-Crookston Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
86.97
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 Winona State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
85.77
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Minnesota State University-Mankato Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
22
OVERALL SCORE
85.17
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
14 Ridgewater College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
83.45
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
15 Minnesota School of Business-Richfield Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
66%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
82.01
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
16 Martin Luther College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
81.53
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
17 Riverland Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
18
OVERALL SCORE
81.05
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
18 University of Minnesota-Duluth Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
80.97
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
19 Hennepin Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
80.77
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
20 University of Northwestern-St Paul Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
78.93
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
21 Minnesota State University Moorhead Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
78.05
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
22 St Cloud Technical and Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
77.69
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
48%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
30
OVERALL SCORE
77.37
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
24 Bemidji State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
40%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
15
OVERALL SCORE
75.01
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 University of Minnesota-Morris Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
2%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
74.9
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 Saint Cloud State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
74.74
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 South Central College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
12
OVERALL SCORE
74.3
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 Minnesota School of Business-Moorhead Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
46%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
73.54
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 Bethel University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
70.34
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 Dakota County Technical College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
69.78
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
31 Inver Hills Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
68.3
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
32 Lake Superior College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
66.34
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
33 Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
51%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
61.35
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
34 Central Lakes College-Brainerd Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
36%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
60.59
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 Anoka-Ramsey Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
7
OVERALL SCORE
53.47
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
36 Saint Paul College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
32%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
51.75
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
37 North Central University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
50.59
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
38 Globe University-Woodbury Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
82%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
47
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
39 St Catherine University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
46.64
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 Century College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
46.6
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
41 Crown College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
44%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
27
OVERALL SCORE
44.88
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Metropolitan State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
43%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
16
OVERALL SCORE
44.76
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
43 Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
44.44
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
44 Herzing University-Minneapolis Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
26%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
20
OVERALL SCORE
44.12
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
45 Concordia College at Moorhead Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
1%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
42.4
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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46 Minnesota School of Business-Waite Park Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
67%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
40.36
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
47 Minnesota School of Business-Elk River Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
56%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
39.8
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
48 Normandale Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
38.48
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Life Experience Credit
49 Mesabi Range College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
37.13
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
50 Hibbing Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
37%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
36.93
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit

Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) — in this case, for the 2015-16 school year — we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either “Four or more years” or “At least 2 but less than 4 years”
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • Data is reported for all 14 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section

We ranked 2,503 colleges on 14 criteria, using the final 2015-16 data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the weights specified:

  • Number of programs offered via distance education
  • Ratio of students participating fully or partially in distance education to total enrollment
  • Average in-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students
  • Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases and media
  • Graduation rate
  • Retention rate
  • The availability of the following tuition plans:
    • Payment plan
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Other alternative tuition plan
  • The availability of academic/ career counseling services
  • The availability of job placement services for graduates
  • The availability of virtual reference services
  • Offers dual credit
  • Offers credit for life experience
  • Offers advanced placement (AP) credit
  • Offers credit for military training

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2015-16 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2017, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,