5 Minnesota institutions make national 'Best Colleges' rankings

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities was the highest ranked.

Five colleges from Minnesota are featured in a national ranking of universities across the U.S.

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2019 rankings for "national universities," which are institutions that offer "a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and Ph.D. program."

It has listed almost 300 of the highest-performing universities that fit this category, of which 5 are from Minnesota, with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities the highest featured in 70th place.

The universities are ranked on a number of categories including outcomes, graduation rates, social mobility, faculty resources, student excellence and "expert opinion" from top academics.

Here are the Minnesota colleges that made the list:

  • 70th: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  • 139th-tied: niversity of St. Thomas
  • 197th: Bethel University.
  • 228th: St. Catherine University.
  • 254th: College of St. Scholastica.

U.S. News & World Report also compiled a list of the best liberal arts colleges in the U.S., which are colleges that predominantly focus on undergraduate education.

Six Minnesota colleges made the Top 100 of this list, which are as follows.

  • 7th: Carleton College.
  • 25th: Macalester College.
  • 62nd: St. Olaf College.
  • 82nd: College of St. Benedict.
  • 89th: Gustavus Adolphus College.
  • 92nd: St. John's University.

You can see the full rankings here.

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