For the best education, visit one of these 13 colleges in Minnesota


The nightmare wasn’t that I was back in college; it was because I forgot a Tuesday night psychology class I signed up for and didn’t attend. Now, halfway through the semester, I had to find a way to make up for lost time and pass the course. I spent most of the dream frantically trying to find someone who would share notes with me and textbooks that weren’t ridiculously expensive. By the time I woke up, I hadn’t accomplished either, and for some reason, I didn’t feel better knowing that this was all just a dream.

While my college days are happily behind me, for many young people in Minnesota, college days are yet to come or come. For those students who are starting to think about where they would like to further their education, the folks at WalletHub have just revealed their ranking of the best colleges and universities for 2022.

“In a fierce global economy, a college degree can help you find a job and stay ahead of the competition,” writes Adam McCann, WalletHub financial advisor. “While success ultimately depends on the determination and performance of students, the quality of the schools they choose can certainly have an impact.” To determine the best performing schools, WalletHub compared 1,015 higher education institutions in the United States across 30 key metrics in categories such as student selectivity, costs and funding, faculty resources, l campus experience and career outcomes.

Thirteen colleges and universities in Minnesota made the final list of the rankings, all in the top 50% of schools and three of them in the top 10%. They are:

# 42 Carleton College (Northfield)
# 60 Macalaster College (Saint-Paul
# 76 St. Olaf College (Northfield)
# 142 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Minneapolis)
# 201 Concordia College – Moorhead (Moorhead)
# 214 University of Minnesota – Morris (Morris)
# 218 Saint-Benoît College (Saint-Joseph)
# 251 Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato)
# 263 St. John’s University (Collegeville)
# 291 Sainte-Catherine University (Saint-Paul)
# 360 University of Saint-Thomas (Saint-Paul)
# 390 University of Augsburg (Minneapolis)
# 440 Hamline University (Saint-Paul)

Carleton College, Macalaster College and St. Olaf College also all made Wallethub’s ranking of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest, ranking 7th, 9th and 10th respectively. See the full list and a breakdown of rankings and scores here.

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