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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 University of Minnesota-Crookston Crookston Crookston $12,116 82.95
#2 #2 Concordia University - Saint Paul Saint Paul Saint Paul $22,800 79.36
#3 #3 University of St. Thomas Saint Paul Saint Paul $45,780 77.64
#4 #4 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul Saint Paul $8,114 75.24
#5 #5 Saint John's University - MN Collegeville Collegeville $46,546 75.02
#6 #6 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph Saint Joseph $46,460 74.57
#7 #7 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis Minneapolis $15,027 72.17
#8 #8 St. Catherine University Saint Paul Saint Paul $40,984 71.43
#9 #9 Minnesota State University at Mankato Mankato Mankato $8,438 70.85
#10 #10 Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Winona Winona $36,670 70.64
#11 #11 University of Northwestern - St. Paul Saint Paul Saint Paul $32,210 70.44
#12 #12 Bethel University - MN Saint Paul Saint Paul $38,460 68.62
#13 #13 Winona State University Winona Winona $9,666 67.15
#14 #14 Saint Cloud State University St. Cloud St. Cloud $8,656 66.97
#15 #15 North Central University Minneapolis Minneapolis $25,090 65.43
#16 #16 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter Saint Peter $47,040 64.24
#17 #17 Minnesota State University-Moorhead Moorhead Moorhead $8,954 62.78
#18 #18 Augsburg University Minneapolis Minneapolis $39,955 62.51
#19 #19 Bemidji State University Bemidji Bemidji $8,940 61.33
#20 #20 Hamline University Saint Paul Saint Paul $42,774 59.72
#21 #21 University of Minnesota-Duluth Duluth Duluth $13,680 59.10
#22 #22 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth Duluth $38,282 55.01
#23 #23 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead Moorhead $41,566 54.78
#24 #24 Rasmussen University Multiple Locations Multiple Locations $10,935 53.70
#25 #25 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall Marshall $8,874 52.91