The Best Minnesota Colleges

The Best Colleges in Minnesota for 2024

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Minnesota as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2024 as the best overall college in Minnesota is Carleton College. The top rated public state college is University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


23 results

Carleton College
C
Northfield, MN

Carleton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Value in Minnesota

  • 2,044enrollment
  • $30,843net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1408-1550SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.9Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Macalester College
M
Saint Paul, MN

Macalester College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Minnesota

  • 2,244enrollment
  • $35,589net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1515SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.81Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
M
Minneapolis, MN

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Minnesota

  • 52,376enrollment
  • $17,729net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1490SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

St Olaf College
S
Northfield, MN

St Olaf College

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 2,988enrollment
  • $27,838net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1430SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of St Thomas
S
Saint Paul, MN

University of St Thomas

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 9,336enrollment
  • $31,799net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1380SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

The College of Saint Scholastica
S
Duluth, MN

The College of Saint Scholastica

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 3,512enrollment
  • $23,215net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Saint Johns University
S
Collegeville, MN

Saint Johns University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 1,643enrollment
  • $28,128net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 1085-1240SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA

Bethel University
B
Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 3,731enrollment
  • $29,107net price
  • 89%acceptance rate
  • 1123-1343SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

College of Saint Benedict
S
Saint Joseph, MN

College of Saint Benedict

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 1,557enrollment
  • $27,960net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1220SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA

University of Minnesota Morris
M
Morris, MN

University of Minnesota Morris

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Value Colleges in Minnesota

  • 1,286enrollment
  • $11,147net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1250SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

St Catherine University
S
Saint Paul, MN

St Catherine University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 3,904enrollment
  • $18,912net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 890-1210SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Hamline University
H
Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 2,931enrollment
  • $21,528net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1280SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.48Avg GPA

Augsburg College
A
Minneapolis, MN

Augsburg College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

  • 3,166enrollment
  • $24,306net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1188-1376SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • 3.27Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Concordia College at Moorhead
C
Moorhead, MN

Concordia College at Moorhead

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Value Colleges in Minnesota

  • 1,919enrollment
  • $24,096net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1218SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.58Avg GPA

Winona State University
W
Winona, MN

Winona State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Minnesota

  • 6,545enrollment
  • $17,185net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 970-1280SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

University of Minnesota Duluth
M
Duluth, MN

University of Minnesota Duluth

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Minnesota

  • 9,884enrollment
  • $18,211net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1270SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.51Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Saint Cloud State University
S
Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Minnesota

  • 10,774enrollment
  • $13,697net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1250SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 15

Minnesota State University Mankato
M
Mankato, MN

Minnesota State University Mankato

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Minnesota

  • 14,576enrollment
  • $15,201net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.37Avg GPA