2021 Minnesota Best Colleges Tuition Comparison

This page compares the best colleges in Minnesota with tuition, admission, and more academic facts (Ranking data from College Evaluator). For the academic year 2020-2021, Carleton College rank first in the best Minnesota college ranking and Macalester College is placed in second.

Admission Comparison Between Best Colleges in Minnesota

1 public and 9 private schools rank in the best Minnesota colleges. The schools' average acceptance rate is 61.80% where Carleton College has the tightest (lowest) acceptance rate of 19% and University of St Thomas has the highest rate of 81%. Total 80,887 students are attending one of the best Minnesota schools where University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has the largest population with 50,734 students and Saint Johns University has the smallest number of students (1,777 students). The average graduation rate is 78.50% and the average students to faculty ratio is 12.20:1 at those colleges.
The following table shows the academic information and key facts of the best Minnesota colleges including acceptance rate, graduation rate, student population, and students to faculty ratio.
Table. Minnesota Best Colleges Overview
RankName Acceptance RateSAT ScoreGraduation RatePopulationStudent-Faculty Ratio
1Carleton College
Northfield, MN
19%1,45092%2,0979:1 (11.11 %)
2Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN
32%1,41591%2,17410:1 (10.00 %)
3St Olaf College
Northfield, MN
48%1,31086%3,04812:1 (8.33 %)
4University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN
57%1,37083%50,73417:1 (5.88 %)
5Bethel University
Saint Paul, MN
79%1,16073%3,69212:1 (8.33 %)
6University of St Thomas
Saint Paul, MN
81%1,25576%10,03514:1 (7.14 %)
7Saint Johns University
Collegeville, MN
78%1,09075%1,77712:1 (8.33 %)
8College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph, MN
80%1,14880%1,78212:1 (8.33 %)
9Concordia College at Moorhead
Moorhead, MN
68%1,15072%2,12912:1 (8.33 %)
10Augsburg University
Minneapolis, MN
76%1,18057%3,41912:1 (8.33 %)
Average61.80%1,25378.50%80,887 (Total)12.20:1 (8.20 %)

Best Minnesota Colleges 2021 Tuition Comparison and 2022 Estimated Costs

The following table lists 2020-2021 tuition & fees and compares them between the best Minnesota colleges. The 2020-2021 costs are officially published by IPEDS, U.S. Department of Education. The estimated costs for the academic year 2021-2022 are calculated and estimated based on each school's rate of tuition change from 2020 to 2021.

For the undergraduate programs, the average tuition & fees of the best Minnesota colleges is $46,890 where Carleton College has the most expensive costs at $59,352 and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has the lowest amount of tuition at $33,325. The average graduate tuition & fees of the best Minnesota colleges is $17,817 where University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has the highest tuition with $28,845 and Concordia College at Moorhead has the lowest amount of graduate school tuition with $10,620.
UndergraduateGraduate
Table. Best Minnesota Colleges 2021 Undergraduate Tuition Comparison and 2022 Estimation
RankSchool Name 2021 Tuition & Fees2022 Estimated Tuition & Fees
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1Carleton College $59,352$61,681
2Macalester College $58,478$60,749
3St Olaf College $51,450$53,251
4University of Minnesota-Twin Cities $15,027$33,325 $15,027 $33,325
5Bethel University $39,030$39,608
6University of St Thomas $47,383$49,042
7Saint Johns University $48,166$49,842
8College of Saint Benedict $48,444$50,124
9Concordia College at Moorhead $43,266$45,036
10Augsburg University $40,005$40,055
Average$15,027$46,890$15,027$48,271
Table. Best Minnesota Colleges 2021 Graduate School Tuition Comparison and 2022 Estimation
RankSchool Name 2021 Tuition & Fees2022 Estimated Tuition & Fees
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1Carleton College --
2Macalester College --
3St Olaf College --
4University of Minnesota-Twin Cities $19,221$28,845 $19,221$19,221
5Bethel University $11,700$11,700
6University of St Thomas $24,814$24,638
7Saint Johns University $17,760$18,127
8College of Saint Benedict --
9Concordia College at Moorhead $10,620-
10Augsburg University $13,165$13,326
Average$19,221$17,817$19,221$19,327

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