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Fast Facts and Rankings

Ranked #1 regional university in Minnesota

鶹ƵAPK badge for Best Regional Universities, 2024, by US News and World Report

As Minnesota’s first university, we’ve always been about opportunity for everyone. With readily available scholarships and grants, career preparation built into every class, and student support at every step of the journey, 鶹ƵAPK prepares our graduates for careers that make the world a better place for all.

We take the lead

Leading in

鶹ƵAPK is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the Best Regional University in Minnesota and 10th in the Midwest region.

Leading for

鶹ƵAPK is ranked as the Best Value Regional University — as well as 9th in the Midwest — by U.S. News & World Report.

Leading for

鶹ƵAPK is listed as the best college or university in Minnesota for socioeconomic mobility post-graduation by .

Additional recognition

In addition to our top rankings above, we have also been recognized as:

  • 鶹ƵAPK is ranked as the #1 Best Regional University for Veterans in Minnesota and #2 in the Midwest, US News & World Report
  • The 2nd best regionaluniversity in Minnesota for undergraduate teaching and innovation, U.S. News & World Report
  • One of America's Best Universities and #3 in Minnesota among all classifications, Wall Street Journal
  • One of only four universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and the Dakotas that rate within the top 20% for students' economic mobility, out of 1,320 of US colleges and universities, according to
  • Ranked as abest master's university in Minnesota by Washington Monthly, 2023
  • A best college for student voting by Washington Monthly, 2023
  • A best online Master of Studies in Law program in the US by the Princeton Review, 2023

鶹ƵAPK fast facts

Affiliation United Methodist
President Dr. Kathleen M. Murray (2024–present)
Founded 1854 in Red Wing; moved to Saint Paul in 1880; first university in Minnesota
Student-to-faculty ratio 13:1
First-generation students (first in their family to attend college, 2023 incoming class) 48%
BIPOC first-year students (Black, indigenous, and students of color, 2023 incoming class) 46%
Learning by doing 100% of students participate in internships, field-based or collaborative research projects with faculty,apprentice teaching, and/or service learning
Financial aid More than 95% of incoming undergraduates receive 鶹ƵAPK grants/scholarships (gift aiddoes not need to be repaid); aid is available to graduate students as well
Achieving more 鶹ƵAPK graduates achieve more economic mobility than their peers at 80% of other US higher education institutions, according to experts at . Third Way compares the cost of tuition to the earnings boost students obtain by earning a degree, looking in particular at how well schools serve low- and moderate-income students.

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