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How did Minnesota do on WSJ's 'Best Colleges in America' ranking?

The survey ranked hundreds of universities across the U.S.

A yearly ranking of America's colleges is out again, and Minnesota's up there — but didn't crack the top 20. 

The 2021 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings was released Thursday,  and, not surprisingly, the Ivy League and its rivals lead the pack, with Harvard University coming in 1st, and Duke coming in 10th.

As for Minnesota's institutions of higher learning, coming out on top was Carleton College, which took 40th place in the ranking.

Located in Northfield, Carleton is consistently ranked among the best liberal arts colleges in the country, and has often been referred to as "The Harvard of the midwest." So take that, Ivy League.

But what about the state's other prestigious universities? Two others made the top 100 this year: St. Paul's Macalester College, and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

They came in 83rd and 95th, respectively. And they're certainly not alone in representing Minnesota on the list. 

Nearly two dozen of the state's colleges made the ranking, with St. Olaf taking 176th place and Winona charting near the bottom of the list. 

The survey of American universities looked at over 800 institutions, grading them on "15 individual performance indicators" as well as "responses from more than 170,000 current college students," according to Times Higher Education (THE). 

Among the key questions surveyors asked respondents were: 

How likely am I to graduate, pay off my loans and get a good job? Does the college have plenty of resources to teach me properly? Will I be engaged and stretched in the classroom and get good access to my teachers? Is there a diverse campus community?

Harvard topped the ranking for the third year in a row, THE says. You can check out the full list right here.

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