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2021 Best Colleges in Minnesota by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

This list of the top 25 schools in Minnesota is ranked by Salary Score and highlights colleges whose alumni tend to earn higher salaries compared to alumni from the same majors at other colleges. The Salary Score is calculated by comparing median alumni salaries for each program to salary data for the same programs across all universities. We then compiled these program scores into an overall Salary Score for each college to indicate how well alumni as a whole fare in their chosen fields of study. Even though the state has a low cost of living compared to the national average, Minnesota graduates tended to earn higher-than-average salaries overall. Minnesota is #5 in the top states for bachelor's degree salaries, and all of the top 25 schools have a higher Salary Score than the median for U.S. colleges and universities.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Crookston Crookston $11,822 82.95
#2 #2 Saint Paul Saint Paul $22,275 79.36
#3 #3 Saint Paul Saint Paul $42,736 77.64
#4 #4 Saint Paul Saint Paul $7,879 75.24
#5 #5 Collegeville Collegeville $44,990 75.02
#6 #6 Saint Joseph Saint Joseph $45,264 74.57
#7 #7 Minneapolis Minneapolis $14,760 72.17
#8 #8 Saint Paul Saint Paul $39,554 71.43
#9 #9 Mankato Mankato $8,184 70.85
#10 #10 Winona Winona $35,110 70.64
#11 #11 Saint Paul Saint Paul $31,540 70.44
#12 #12 Saint Paul Saint Paul $37,300 68.62
#13 #13 Winona Winona $9,425 67.15
#14 #14 St. Cloud St. Cloud $8,265 66.97
#15 #15 Minneapolis Minneapolis $24,240 65.43
#16 #16 Saint Peter Saint Peter $45,400 64.24
#17 #17 Moorhead Moorhead $8,496 62.78
#18 #18 Minneapolis Minneapolis $38,800 62.51
#19 #19 Bemidji Bemidji $8,696 61.33
#20 #20 Saint Paul Saint Paul $41,290 59.72
#21 #21 Duluth Duluth $13,366 59.10
#22 #22 Duluth Duluth $37,212 55.01
#23 #23 Moorhead Moorhead $39,878 54.78
#24 #24 Multiple Locations Multiple Locations $10,935 53.70
#25 #25 Marshall Marshall $8,612 52.91